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 St. & 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.