July 14, 2012

Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California


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The Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California is a federally recognized tribe of Miwok people. The Sierra Miwok are indigenous to the state of California. 


Official Tribal Name: Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California

Address:  1418 20th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811

Phone:  (916) 491-0011
Fax: (916) 491-0012

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Recognition Status: Federally Recognized

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Alternate names / Alternate spellings / Mispellings: Miwok

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Region: California

State(s) Today: California

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The Buena Vista Rancheria is located just outside the census-designated place of

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Buena Vista. The land once belonged to the Oliver family and was purchased by the federal government to establish an Indian rancheria in 1927. 
Land Area:  is 67 acres (0.27 km2)
Tribal Headquarters:  Buena Vista, California
Time Zone:  Pacific

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Dictionary of the Eastern Miwok from nineteenth and early twentieth century sources
Language Of The Sierra Miwok: Indiana University Publications In Anthropology And Linguistics


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Miwok Wigwam 
Miwok wigwam
Photo By Urban, GFDL via Wikimedia Commons




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The Buena Vista Rancheria was unilaterally terminated by Congress, along with 42 other rancherias, under the California Rancheria Act of 1958.  In 1970, President Richard Nixon declared the Rancheria Act a failure. The Buena Vista Rancheria tribe joined 16 other native California tribes in a class action lawsuit, Hardwick v. United States to restore their sovereignty, and in 1987, the tribes won their lawsuit. On 22 December 1983 the Buena Vista Rancheria tribe ratified its constitution. The tribe has been federally recognized since 1985.

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Further Reading:

The Dawn of the World: Myths and Tales of the Miwok Indians of California
Miwok Means People: The life and fate of the native inhabitants of the California Gold Rush country
Miwok moieties
Brown Tadd, Miwok: One Miwok’s view of native food preparations and the medicinal uses of plants

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