California Valley Miwok Tribe, California
(Sheep Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California)

Mail: 2140 Shattuck Ave. #602, Berkeley, California 94704

Phone: 510-486-1314 E-mail:


Yakima K. Dixie, Hereditary Spokesperson
Velma WhiteBear, Executive Director
Chadd Everone, Deputy


In Memoriam - Lucinda Rose Ramirez


Tribal Meetings &Events 

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 Dance Group

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 Language Group & Other Events

Central Sierra Miwok Dictionary

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May 28 - 29 Chaw'se-Day

Wahhoga Village Roundhouse Construction

Native Youth Retreat - March 23, 2016

DQU Deed-Day Celebration Pow-Wow-April 2-3, 2016

3rd Annual, Chaw'se Day - May 28 & 29, 2016 & Exihibitor Application

BIA Determination on Tribal Authority

In Memoriam - Andrea Gonzales


Butte Fire Claims Form


In memoriam - Antone Azevedo, Jr.

Chaw'se Big Time 20015

All Me-Wuk Language Symposium
November 3-5, 2-15, Black Oak Casino (209) 928 -5329

Scholarship Craft Day - Saturday September 19, 2015

Calaveras Miwok Celebration - August 14-16, 2015.

Free camping Friday through Saturday. Dinner at about 2 p.m. on Saturday. Bring side dishes, salads, fruits (main dishes are provided).

Sourgrass (Wakaluu Hep Yoo (Wild River) Campground) area campgrounds are located on the banks of the North Fork of the Stanislaus River, several miles south of Dorrington.

Fishing License Application

Loom Beading Class - January 18, 2015

Cultural Monitoring Training - Nov. 17-21

Native American Heritage Month

Calaveras Big Time September 19-21, 2014

Miwok Language Symposium - November 3-6, 2014 Hotel Conference Center

M.A.C.T Health Boards Notices and Forms

Status of the Federal Litigation

Status of the State Litigation - Burley suit dismissed

Basketry Group


Architectural rendering


Big Trees State Park



Language Group - Schedule     Indian Census of 1929
Some Historic Images   Miwok Salt Mines found  


Tribal Meetings &Events 

See Photo

 Dance Group

See full schedule / See Photo

 Language Group & Other Events

Central Sierra Miwok Dictionary

See photo

Recent Court Actions

Abuse of Tribal Property - Escondido Place - Full Report


Special Event - 40th Annual Native American Day Celebration


Link to documents

(Please request entry by e-mail)

The "Sheep Ranch Tribe" is a federally recognized, California Indian tribe that was established in 1915 by a land acquisition act of the U.S. government for homeless Indians. Of the original 12 individuals who were identified as members, Peter Hodge was listed as "the leading member of this little band ....".

Over the decades, various Indians (individuals and families) came and went to and from the "Rancheria" reservation, with the Hodge family being the primary residents through Mable Hodge Dixie and her son, Yakima Kenneth Dixie. Also, in 1936, Jeff Davis is recorded as having voted for the Indian Reorganization Act; and it is documented that in the 1950's the Carsoner family (Velma, Iva, Antone, Tom, Barbara, Cecelia, Linda, and Andrew) were raised on the reservation. For a more detailed history of the reservation, see early history.

In 1996, Mable Hodge Dixie was identified by the government as the sole authority for the Tribe. By Miwok tradition, upon her death in 1971, the Chieftainship passed to her eldest son, Richard Dixie; and upon his death in 1975, the Chieftainship passed to the second eldest son, Yakima Dixie, who contines in that position today.

In 1998, upon the recommendations of the BIA, Mr. Dixie gave tribal status to one Silvia Burley, who is a distant relative, so that she might obtain medical and educational benefits for herself and her daughters that accrue to Indians through government programs. In return, Ms. Burley was supposed to help Mr. Dixie organize the Tribe. Instead, she had the authority for the Tribe conveyed to herself and redirected huge sums of money to herself and her family - disenfranchising Mr. Dixie and all other rightful members of the Tribe.

In 1999, Mr. Dixie accidentally discovered his substitution; and the rightful authority for the Tribe has been in dispute since then. In February 2005, the BIA in Washington, D.C. determined that the issue of authority should be resolved by the formal organization the Tribe and that this process be supervised under the auspices of the BIA. On November 6 2006, the local Agency of the Bureau issued a Notice that the organization would proceed; and that is where the matter stands at this time. Ms. Burley appealed that Notice and it is now being resolved within the Interior Board of Indian Appeals.

For a review of the history and legal status of the tribe, see a recent letter to the Attorney General of the State of California from the Solicitor's Office of the Department of Interior.

Calaveras Community Development Agency is holding a series of workshops in early December to get the public's input on the top issues facing the County. This is part of the process of updating the County's General Plan which hasn't had a significant revision since 1986. Dates

Tribal Photographs


Dance Group
(Gilbert Ramirez)


Miwok Language Group
(Evelyn Wilson)


Round House at Sheep Ranch
(Briana et al.)