Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians reclaim ancestral lands

The Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians are based in southern California. Photo: Keith Skelton

The Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians secured the return of 200 acres of ancestral territory.

The property was a gift from a local businessman, according to news reports. It was deeded to the tribe on the condition that it be used for housing.

“Almost half of those live on the reservation and a large percentage are without land and without housing,” Chairman Thomas Tortez told The Palm Springs Desert Sun, “so we have a great number of members who are homeless or in great need of affordable housing.”

The site is near the tribe's reservation. News reports did not say whether the tribe would seek to have the land placed into trust.

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Businessman donates 200 acres to local Cahuilla tribe (The Palm Springs Desert Sun 2/28)
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Torres Martinez To Receive 199 Acres Of Land (KMIR 2/28)