Cocopah Indian Tribe

Courtesy of the Cocopah Indian Tribe.

Officials familiar with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout for the Cocopah Indian Tribe in Yuma County say it has gone smoothly and a local health facility has been able use all of the vaccine doses allotted to them, but there are questions if the general public will want to be vaccinated.

Victor Calderón/KAWC

The Cocopah Casino in Somerton will reopen Monday morning at 9 a.m.


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The topic for today’s (Friday, Oct. 18) program was the 23rd Annual Cocopah Cultural Celebration set to take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the West Cocopah Reservation. 

Victor Calderón/KAWC

Democratic U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva was in Somerton Thursday where he met with tribal leaders from the Cocopah and Quechan Native American tribes. Congressman Grijalva spoke to KAWC about a new immigration policy introduced Wednesday by Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan that would allow U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials to detain migrant family units indefinitely.

Grijalva also spoke about how he stays informed about what is going on in south Yuma County while he is out in his other Congressional offices in Washington or Tucson.

Lou Gum / KAWC

The Cocopah Indian Tribe wants to revive a traditional tea recipe that uses the beans of the screw bean mesquite tree.  But finding the beans is more difficult now than it was just decades ago.  Turns out the tree that was part of Cocopah culture for millennia is dying off.