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Chemehuevi Indian Tribe of the Chemehuevi Reservation

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Chemehuevi Indian Tribe
Lake Havasu
Total population
700 enrolled members, 300 living on reservation[1]
Regions with significant populations
 United States
( Arizona,  California)
Colorado River Numic language, English
Native American Church, Sun Dance, traditional tribal religion,[2] Christianity, Ghost Dance
Related ethnic groups
other Chemehuevi people

The Chemehuevi Indian Tribe of the Chemehuevi Reservation is a federally recognized tribe of Chemehuevi people, who are the southernmost branch of Southern Paiute people.

To celebrate their organization under the Indian Reorganization Act, tribal recognition, and ratifying their constitution, the tribe hosts Nuwuvi Days, an annual festival held during the first weekend in June.[3]

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The Chemehuevi Reservation (34°24′42″N 114°21′21″W / 34.41167°N 114.35583°W / 34.41167; -114.35583) is located in San Bernardino County, California, bordering Lake Havasu for 25 miles (40 km) and along the Colorado River. The reservation is 30,653 acres (12,405 ha) large and has a population of 345.[4]


The Chemehuevi Indian Tribe's headquarters is located in Havasu Lake, California. The tribe is governed by a democratically elected, nine-member tribal council. The current administration is as follows.

  • Chairman: Charles Wood
  • Vice-Chairman: Glenn Lodge
  • Secretary/Treasurer: June Leivas
  • Member: Conkie Hoover
  • Member: Matthew Leivas
  • Member Edward "Tito" Smith
  • Member: Butch Ochoa
  • Member: Steven Escobar
  • Member: Sierra Pencille[5]

Economic development

The tribe owns and operates Havasu Landing Resort and Casino on Lake Havasu, near Needles, California.[6]


The Chemehuevi Indian Cemetery is located at 34°07′44″N 116°31′14″W / 34.12889°N 116.52056°W / 34.12889; -116.52056.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Chemehuevi Indian Tribal Court." California Courts. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
  2. ^ " Northern Paiute - Religion and Expressive Culture ". Countries and Their Cultures. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
  3. ^ "Nuwuvi Days." Archived March 27, 2013, at the Wayback Machine Chemehuevi Indian Tribe. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Chemehuevi Reservation." SDSU: California Indians and Their Reservations. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Tribal Council." Archived April 23, 2014, at the Wayback Machine Chemehuevi Indian Tribe. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Havasu Landing Resort and Casino." Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  7. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Chemehuevi Indian Cemetery
  8. ^ 29 Palms Historical Society: Chemehuevi Burial Grounds


  • D'Azevedo, Warren L., Volume Editor. Handbook of North American Indians, Volume 11: Great Basin'. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1986. ISBN 978-0-16-004581-3.
  • Pritzker, Barry M. A Native American Encyclopedia: History, Culture, and Peoples. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. ISBN 978-0-19-513877-1.

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