Section 14: The Other Palm Springs, California

March 1, 2019 – February 17, 2020

Section 14, 2013. Courtesy Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, GIS Group. All rights reserved.

National Museum of the American Indian
4th Street and Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC

Sealaska Gallery, Level 2 Floor Plan

This exhibition exposes a land battle at the core of the conflict between Western expansion and Indigenous peoples. A one-square-mile tract in downtown Palm Springs, California, Section 14 forms the heart of the reservation belonging to the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. As the city evolved from a desert outpost to a playground of the rich and famous, Section 14 became more desirable to developers. Between the 1940s and 1960s, competing interests vied for this valuable land. It became a battleground over issues of tribal sovereignty, land zoning, leasing, economics, and race.

Section 14: The Other Palm Springs was produced by the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum.