Cocopah Indian Reservation, Arizona (Reservation)
County 15th & Ave G
Somerton, AZ 85350
Records at tribal headquarters are for currently enrolled tribal members. Records may include: allotments, annuities, enrollments, employees, courts, leases, police registers, registers of families, and vital records. These records vary from tribe to tribe. Find the older and most useful records for family history research at the BIA Agency for the tribe, or at the National Archives.
The Cocopah Indian Reservation is a federally-recognized reservation, located just south of Yuma, Arizona and is comprised of three non-contiguous bodies of land known as the North, West and East Reservations. The Reservation was established by Executive Order No. 2711, signed by President Woodrow Wilson in 1917. In 1985, the Cocopah Tribe acquired an additional 4,200 acres, including the North Reservation, through the Cocopah Land Acquisition Bill signed by President Ronald Reagan. Today, the East, West and North Reservations comprise over 6,500 acres. Much of the Reservation land is leased as agricultural land to non-Indian farmers.
For Further Reading
- Williams, Anita Alvarez de. The Cocopah People. Phoenix: Indian Tribal Series, 1974. WorldCat 1229654
- Cocopah Tribe. Cocopah Times. Somerton, Ariz: [Cocopah Indian Tribe, 1999. WorldCat 41172740
- See entries listed for Indians of Arizona
- Cocopah Cucapa Cocopa
- Indian Reservations A State and Federal Handbook. Compiled by The Confederation of American Indians, New York, N.Y. McFarland and Co. Inc., Jefferson, North Carolina, c. 1986. FHL book 970.1 In2