Big Lagoon Rancheria
|Regions with significant populations|
|United States ( California)|
|English, Tolowa, Yurok|
|traditional tribal religion,
World Renewal religion, Indian Shaker Church, Assembly of God
|Related ethnic groups|
|other Tolowa and Yurok tribes|
The tribe was first recognized by the US federal government on 10 July 1918. Tribal enrollment is based on a minimum of 1/8 blood quantum and lineal descent from the Plan of Distribution on the Assets of the Big Lagoon Rancheria, created January 3, 1968. The tribe has 24 enrolled members.
The Big Lagoon Rancheria was established in 1918. Their 20-acre (81,000 m2) reservation is adjacent to Big Lagoon, a beautiful waterway, located 30 miles (48 km) north of Eureka, California. It also lies adjacent to the unincorporated community of Big Lagoon, California. Eight households reside on the reservation. The tribe has been able to improve the local water facilities and road system on the reservation.
Due to the highly sensitive environment of the reservation, the tribe has agreed with the state of California to not develop the reservation. Instead the tribe has partnered with the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeño Indians to operate the Barstow Casino and Resort in Barstow, California.
- "Reservation Populations and Tribal Enrollments (Estimates)." SDSU Library and Information Access. 2010 (retrieved 17 May 2010)
- Eargle, 111
- Pritzker, 159
- Big Lagoon Rancheria Historical Background. The Barstow Casino & Resort. (retrieved 24 Feb 2009)
- Constitution of the Big Lagoon Rancheria. 1985 (retrieved 24 Feb 2009)
- California Indians and Their Reservations. San Diego State University Library and Information Access. 2009 (retrieved 24 Feb 2009)
- Pritzker, 161
- Pritzker, Barry M. A Native American Encyclopedia: History, Culture, and Peoples. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. ISBN 978-0-19-513877-1.