Colorado River Indian Tribes Introduce Area’s First Vehicle Charging Stations

Published by The Bee News

June 8, 2021

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Colorado River Indian Tribes Introduce Area’s First

Vehicle Charging Stations

Project reflects commitment to the environment and sustainability

PARKER, AZ As part of a continuing commitment to preserving the environment, creating sustainability and providing valued amenities to guests, the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) has introduced the area’s first Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations at the BlueWater Resort and Casino. Two Charge Point Dual-Port Electric EV Charging stations, installed through Motive Energy Telecommunication of Corona, CA, are located in the west side parking lot of the resort.

Through installation of the recent EV charging station project, CRIT has the capability to install additional stations in the future. Expansion of EV infrastructure will allow accommodation for additional guests as well as facilitate the drive to add electric vehicles to the Tribal fleet. The EV charging station initiative was funded by the Volkswagen (VW) Diesel Emissions Environmental Mitigation Trust (VW Indian Tribe Trust). Efforts were put forth by the CRIT Environmental Protection Office (EPO) to become a beneficiary of the VW Indian Tribe Trust in order to secure funding.

Funds allocated to CRIT are under strict guidelines towards the reduction of Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) emissions on the Reservation which involves replacing old polluting diesel vehicles, with new low- emission diesel vehicles. A new 2021 low-emission diesel Thomas School Bus and a new 2021 low-
emission Ford F-600 Dump Truck have been procured to replace similar older models, resulting in a significant reduction of NOx emissions on the Reservation annually.

About the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT)
The Colorado River Indian Tribes include four distinct Tribes – the Mohave, Chemehuevi, Hopi and Navajo. There are currently about 3,500 active Tribal members. The CRIT Reservation was created in 1865 by the Federal Government for “Indians of the Colorado River and its tributaries,” originally for the Mohave and Chemehuevi, who had inhabited the area for centuries. People of the Hopi and Navajo Tribes were relocated to the reservation in later years. The reservation stretches along the Colorado River on both the Arizona and California side. It includes almost 300,000 acres of land, with the river serving as the focal point and lifeblood of the area. The primary community in the CRIT Reservation is Parker, Arizona, which is located on a combination of Tribal land, leased land that is owned by CRIT and land owned by non-Native Americans. There are other, smaller communities on the reservation, including Poston, located 10 miles south of Parker.

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