Fort Yuma

As part of the Arizona v. California Supreme Court case that divided the waters of the Colorado River, HRA historians researched and prepared a report for the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of the Fort Yuma (Quechan) Indians. The report documented the history of land ownership and water use on the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation in California from the 1880s to the 1950s.

HRA historians utilized pertinent records at a wide range of federal and state repositories, including the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Washington D.C., the NARA regional branch in Laguna Niguel, California, and the Bancroft Library at the University of California in Berkeley, California. The case settled in favor of the Fort Yuma Indians with an award of water rights to lands within the original reservation that had not received water previously.