California Valley Miwok Tribe, California
(Sheep Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California)
11178 Sheep Ranch Rd. (Sheep Ranch) / Mountain Ranch, California 95246

Contact

http://www.CaliforniaValleyMiwok.com


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

 

People wanting to see if they qualify for the Corbell Settlement are directed to:

http://www.doi.gov/cobell/index.cfm

 

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  

EVENTS SCHEDULE

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

Projects

Dance Group
(Gilbert Ramirez)

 

Miwok Language Group
(Evelyn Wilson)

 

Round House at Sheep Ranch
(Briana et al.)