An article that appeared in the Havasu News-Herald, the Parker Pioneer and the Palo Verde Times has been stirring some tensions about the intentions of the Colorado River Indian Tribes over its lands, and the Tribes have now responded in a public statement.
The ‘news’, which the Parker Live website did not attempt to cover, reported that CRIT is considering restrictions to the highway and the river running through the reservation. But the proposal comes from a single tribal member, according to CRIT, and does not represent CRIT’s intentions or opinions.
“The proposed ordinance reflects the opinions of tribal member Michael Tsosie and was a surprise to the Colorado River Indian Tribes,” the statement reads.
The press release adds that the CRIT Council is unaware of any tribal members other than Tsosie that support the ordinance, which sought to deal harshly with people who are out of compliance with lease agreements on the California side of the CRIT reservation.
“CRIT has fostered good relations with its compliant tenants and will continue to do so,” the statement reads.
The origins of the article, and how a single tribal member’s opinion was deemed newsworthy by three area newspapers, was not immediately clear.
The entire CRIT response is available at the Facebook page of the Manataba Messenger HERE.