Blue Lake Rancheria

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The Blue Lake Rancheria of the Wiyot, Yurok, and Hupa Indians is located northwest of the city of Blue Lake in Humboldt County, California on approximately 76 acres (0.31 km2).[1]


An approximately 26 acres (0.11 km2) area, named the Blue Lake Rancheria was set up by Executive Order on December 24, 1908 to provide a refuge for otherwise homeless native people, but the Rancheria was terminated in 1954 by the Federal Government.[2]

In 1966, the United States Government returned the Blue Lake Rancheria to the tribe and removed all Native rights from the tribe's citizens.[3]

A class action lawsuit, Tillie Hardwick v. United States of America, was won in 1983 by 17 Rancherias including Blue Lake Rancheria; the federal government was ordered to reinstate federal recognition for all the plaintiffs.[2] These rights were returned in 1989 and the tribe now operates under their own constitution.[4]

In January 2008, the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribal Court was established to adjudicate both civil and criminal matters inside the reservation.[1]

Coordinates: 40°53′01″N 124°00′00″W / 40.88361°N 124.00000°W / 40.88361; -124.00000[5]

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  1. ^ a b Blue Lake Rancheria Tribal Court, California Tribal Courts Directory, Judicial Council of California/ Administrative Office of the Courts, 2013, accessed April 20, 2013
  2. ^ a b History, 2013, accessed April 20, 2013
  3. ^ Kappler, Charles J. "Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties". Blue Lake Rancheria in California—Notice of Termination of Federal Supervision. 
  4. ^ "Constitution of the Blue Lake Rancheria". Bureau of Indian Affairs, United States Department of the Interior. 
  5. ^ "Blue Lake Rancheria". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 

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