Section 14: The Other Palm Springs, California

March 1, 2019–January 2020
Washington, DC

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