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Cocopah Indian Tribe awarded grants to restore lands in South Yuma County

Land belonging to the Cocopah Indian Tribe in southern Yuma County will be restored thanks to a $5 million grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's America the Beautiful Challenge program.

The tribe also received $200 million from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Tribal Wildlife Program and $315,000 from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation.

KAWC's Victor Calderon spoke with Jen Alspak. She is the director of the Cocopa Tribe's Environmental Protection Office in Somerton.

Mr. Calderon also met with Cocopa Museum Manager Joe Rodriguez. Officers from the Cocopa Police Station directed the car they were in to a quiet area in Cocopa called Alspach called Rimitlov. This is right near the U.S.-Mexico border, and they walked along the Normandy barrier.

The only sound in this quiet area is a device that imitates gunshots to scare away any birds of prey that may be in the area.

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Scroll down for more information about the Cocopa Indian Tribe from KAWC.

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