Monday, August 6, 2018 / by Xoel Pamos
An Indian land lease on the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation is a contract between the Indian Landowner and the lessee. The landowner conveys the right to use and occupy the property in exchange for rent. The Agua Caliente Indian Reservation encompasses approximately 28,000 acres of land in the western Coachella Valley, including portions of Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, and unincorporated areas of Riverside County. There are 1,175 commercial leases, 7,671 residential subleases and 11,118 time-shares on Indian land leases under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Indian Affairs-Palm Springs Agency. An Indian land lease on the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation may be negotiated for any period of time but may not exceed 99 years. It all began in 1876, when the Pacific Railroad laid the tracks between Los Angeles and Yuma, AZ The U.S. government deeded the Agua Caliente this land throughout the Coachella Valley. The government gave the railroad a checkerboard of every square mile of land for 10 miles on either side of the railroad right-of-way. Today, most Indian leases are administrated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs; a homeowner doesn’t deal with the Indian owners directly, but instead usually with the appointed property management company or Bureau of Indian Affairs office.