The Fort Yuma-Quechan (pronounced Kwuh-tsan) Indian Lands extends on both sides of the Colorado River, just north of Yuma. It borders the states of Arizona, California, and Mexico. Interstate 8 cuts through the middle of the Indian Land. Currently, there are 2,450 members.
The Quechan believe Kumastamxo, a god, used his spear to pierce the earth causing the Colorado River to flow. The Yuma or Quechan Indians have for centuries fought against the Papago, Apache, and others for control of their land along the Colorado River. Their determination has caused the Quechan to be known as the “fighters.”
Today, the Indian Land covers 43,589 acres of those 700 acres have been leased to a non-Indian farmer. A sand and gravel lease was also given to a non-Indian corporation to develop. The tribe enjoys the tourism and business in the area by operating R.V. parks, a bingo hall, a seasonal parking lot for entry into Mexico and a grocery store.
The Quechan Indian Museum is in Yuma near Interstate 8. The museum’s goal is to preserve the culture and heritage of the Quechan tribe.