Artist's rendering of the 5.8-acre cultural center in Palm Springs, California. Image: Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians

Agua Caliente Band showcases culture with major development in Palm Springs

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians announced plans for a cultural complex in downtown Palm Springs, California.

The 5.8-acre project will feature a museum, a spa and bathhouse based on the tribe's hot springs, a gathering plaza, gardens and a trail. Construction is slated to begin in early 2018 and the work is expected to take about two years to complete.

"This new cultural center provides an incredible opportunity to share and celebrate our history, culture and traditions with this community and visitors from around the world," Chairman Jeff L. Grubbe said in a press release. "Each of the 566 federally recognized tribes throughout this country has a distinct culture that includes traditions, language, historic clothing and housing styles as well as historical food and medicine preparations. We want to share that with others as well as acknowledge the fact that we are alive and well today living in the modern world."

The tribe's Agua Caliente Cultural Museum will move from a nearby location to the site. Additional developments, including a new casino and hotel to replace a prior facility, are also in the works.

Read More on the Story:
Agua Caliente tribe announces it will build large cultural center and spa in downtown Palm Springs (The Palm Springs Desert Sun October 7, 2017)
Agua Caliente tribe announce new cultural center in downtown Palm Springs (KESQ October 9, 2017)
Agua Caliente cultural center will showcase tribe’s heritage and traditions (City News Service October 10, 2017)

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Our Voice: Agua Caliente reveal part of downtown vision as ‘big tower' decision looms (The Palm Springs Desert Sun October 10, 2017)

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