July 14, 2012

Bridgeport Indian Colony


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The Bridgeport Indian Colony became a federally recognized indian tribe on October 17, 1974. This tribe is located just outside of Bridgeport, California in the Eastern Sierra Mountain range.  The Bridgeport Indian Colony consists of descendants from the Miwok, Mono, Paiute, Shoshone, and Washoe tribes.

 Official Tribal Name: Bridgeport Indian Colony

Address:  P.O. Box 37, 355 Sage Brush Drive, Bridgeport CA. 93517
Email: secretary@bridgeportindiancolony.com

Official Website: http://www.bridgeportindiancolony.com/

Recognition Status: Federally Recognized

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Alternate names: Formerly known as the Bridgeport Paiute Indian Colony of California

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Region: California

State(s) Today: California

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Reservations: Bridgeport Reservation

The Bridgeport Indian Colony has a federal reservation in Mono County, close to the Nevada border, in the unincorporated community of Bridgeport, California. Approximately twenty-one (21) Tribal Members live on the Colony, and there is currently one hundred and five Tribal members(105) enrolled.
Land Area:  40 acres (160,000 m2)
Tribal Headquarters:  Bridgeport, CA
Time Zone:  Pacific

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Registered Population Today: 120 tribal members

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Number of Council members:   2 Members at Large, (one on the reservation and one off reservation), plus the executive officers.
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Number of Executive Officers:  Tribal Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary-Treasurer


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The Bridgeport traditionally spoke the Northern Paiute language, which is part of the Western Numic branch of the Uto-Aztecan language family. Their dialect is sometimes called “Southern Nevada Northern Paiute.” They used the Bridgeport writing system.

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Miwok People of Note
Mono People of Note
Paiute People of Note
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Washoe People of Note

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Further Reading:

Miwok Means People: The life and fate of the native inhabitants of the California Gold Rush country
A History of the Enduring Washoe People: And their Neighbors Including the Si Te Cah (Sasquatch)
Shoshone History and Culture
Survival Arts Of The Primitive Paiutes

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