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Celebrate the Partnership That Made History


Twenty years ago, the Cocopah Indian Tribe and the City of Somerton formalized a partnership unlike any other in the United States. This intergovernmental agreement (IGA) created the Somerton Cocopah Fire Department. It was the first of its kind partnership between a federally recognized Native American tribe and a local municipality with a shared mission of protecting the lives and property of both communities. In this video, SCFD Chief Paul DeAnda, Somerton Mayor Gerardo Anaya, and Cocopah Chairwoman Sherry Cordova talk about what this partnership means for the whole community.