Cocopah Indian Tribe

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


Arizona Edition Live

Show Number 36

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. 

Victor Calderón/KAWC

LAS VEGAS- Leaders from the Cocopah and Colorado River Indian Tribes in Yuma and La Paz counties met last week with water leaders from the seven states along the Colorado River for an annual water conference here.