March 01, 2013

Taking Care of Native American Cultural Landscapes

The Hualapai Indian Reservation in northwestern Arizona occupies approximately one million acres of typically high desert country bordering 108 miles of the Colorado River in the western Grand Canyon area. Aboriginally, as a primarily hunting and gathering society that also engaged in small-scale farming, the Hualapai people formerly utilized about seven times more land area. Most of this land was ultimately usurped, mainly by ranching and mining interests, but not until the last half of the nineteenth century when growing conflict led to intervention by the U.S. Army and the establishment of the Reservation by Executive Order in 1883.

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