Chief Irataba - Notable Native Americans
Chief Irataba was a leader and mediator between the Mohave Nation and the United States. Known for generally being peaceful towards explorers and settlers in his Tribe's territory of modern Arizona, Nevada and California, he also was a strong advocate for the protection of his people's rights from encroachment and military actions. In 1864 he was invited to Washington , D.C. and met President Abraham Lincoln. He negotiated the creation of the Colorado River Indian Reservation, where he took several hundred of his supporters to live. Irataba lived the rest of his life attempting to forge peace between Tribes and the U.S. government in an attempt to protect his people and reservation. He is revered to this day by residents of his reservation and has several events and geographical places named in his honor.