Chemehuevi Indian Reservation (California)
The Chemehuevi Reservation is a federally-recognized reservation located in San Bernardino County, California.
- Established -- 1907 and 1970
- Agency (BIA) -- Colorado River Agency
- Principal tribes -- Chemehuevi
- Population -- 2010: 203 - it does not include non Indians
History[edit | edit source]
This Reservation was established very late in the Reservation establishment period, which may indicate either a relocation of Indians from some other location occurred, or a leader or leaders, of the Chemehuevi took treaty and agreed to accept a Reservation.The Chemehuevi Valley Reservation was established in 1907. It originally covered over 36,000 acres. However, an event occurred which led to the forced relocation of the Chemehuevi, from the Chemehuevi Valley Reservation, to the Colorado River Reservation. Much land along the Colorado River is prime agriculture land. Colorado River Reservation has a much larger Chemehuevi population than promoted.
That may have been why the first Chemehuevi Valley Reservation was eradicated. However, the United States broke a treaty promise with a group of Indians who settled the Chemehuevi Reservation in 1907, from another location to the north. More about that is further below.
The Chemehuevi continued to fight to have their Reservation returned and on June 5, 1970 the Chemehuevi were once again recognized by the government of the United States. Today, their Chemehuevi Valley Reservation covers 32,500 acres. Lake Havasu City, Arizona is on the Arizona side of the Colorado River. The Chemehuevi Valley Reservation Tribal Administration Office is located in Havasu Lake, California. The Reservations population was 345 in the 2000 census. Indians accounted for 149 of the population of 345. Hispanics accounted for 77 of the white population of 158. Mixed bloods accounted for 21 of the Reservations population of 345.
1907: Idaho & Montana Chippewa Deportations[edit | edit source]
In 1907, the United States again broke treaty and deported several hundred Idaho and Montana Chippewa's to other Reservations including the Chemehuevi Reservation and Navajo Reservation. Many of the Chemehuevi of Twenty-Nine Palms Reservation, were also relocated to Chemehuevi Valley Reservation. In 1905, the United States eradicated the Lemhi Reservation. Supposedly the Lemhi Reservation covered around 64,000 acres. However, in southwest Montana a large Chippewa population lived. About 15 to 20 miles to the east of the Lemhi Reservation, was Horse Plains Prairie or Horse Prairie, Montana.
According to a book (NATIVE BUT FOREIGN: INDIGENOUS TRANSNATIONAL REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS IN THE U.S. - CANADIAN AND U.S. - MEXICAN BORDERLANDS, 1880 PRESENT, page 167), the Cree who are the northern Chippewa people known as the O-mush-ke-go-walk or O-ma-ske-go-walk (Swamp or Swampy People), had around 40 lodges in Horse Plains Prairie. Their population may have been between 200 and 300. In the book they wrote in Flathead Country. There is another Horse Plains a few miles west of Flathead Reservation but southwest Montana is Flathead country according to the October 17, 1855 Blackfeet Treaty which Flathead leaders signed.
Lemhi Reservation may have been primarily located in southwest Montana. A small portion was located in southeastern Idaho. It extended up to the southern fringes of Anaconda and Butte. According to newspaper reports, the Chippewa's who lived south of Anaconda and Butte, were told in 1907 to leave the area reporters sometimes called the city dump Reservation, or face interment.
Many were deported to Canada, while many more were deported to the Chemehuevi Reservation, Fort Hall Reservation of Idaho, Navajo Reservation, and Uintah-Ouray Reservation of Utah. At the Lemhi Reservation of southeast Idaho, it was reported that over 500 Chippewa's left on their own and relocated to the Fort Hall Reservation.
Exactly how many Chippewa's were deported to the Chemehuevi Reservation is unknown. It may have been 100 to 300. Most were set aside a large area of land adjacent to the eastern border of Navajo Reservation. The Navajo Reservation land addition of 1907. Since the Montana Reserve of Alberta, Canada has a population of over 10,000, far more Chippewa's were deported there than to the Chemehuevi Reservation.
We are doing as told what to do in the Seven Fires Prophecy. Find the evidence along the trail. You can either reject this information but remember were are following prophecy. We know the Chemehuevi Reservation is a Chippewa Reservation.
Forced Relocations[edit | edit source]
In 1895, the United States arrested chiefs Little Shell III and Red Thunder in May. They were forced to leave Montana for the Turtle Mountain Reservation in Rolette County, North Dakota. Afterwards, the United States commenced to find land for the Chippewa's of the Little Shell Pembina Chippewa's Blackfeet Reservation (aka Turtle Mountain Reservation of Montana).
One location was Twenty-Nine Palms Reservation in California. It was worthless land. Thus, the reason it was set aside to be a Chippewa Reservation. Twenty-Nine Palms Reservation was created in 1895. It may have been the first Reservation created for the Montana Chippewa's who were going to be deported out of the Little Shell Chippewa's Blackfeet Reservation in June and July of 1896. However, the United States realized the Reservation (Twenty-Nine Palms Reservation) was impressive. What is now Joshua Tree National Park, was in fact the Twenty-Nine Palms Reservation. It covers 1,234 sq. mi.
In 1908, the United States broke treaty and forced all of the Chippewa's who lived at the Twenty-Nine Palms Reservation, to relocate to the Morongo Reservation. Other Reservations the Chippewa's of the Twenty-Nine Palms Reservation were relocated to are Augua Caliente, Cabazon, Colorado River, Soboba, and Torres-Martinez. Far more Chippewa's lived at the Twenty-Nine Palms Reservation than historians claim. Thus, the reason for the wide dispersals.
Records[edit | edit source]
Web Sites[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
Bibliography[edit | edit source]
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