California Valley Miwok Tribe

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California Valley Miwok Tribe
Total population
Regions with significant populations
 United States ( California)
English, historically Northern Sierra Miwok language, Central Sierra Miwok language, and Southern Sierra Miwok language
Related ethnic groups
other Miwok tribes

The California Valley Miwok Tribe is a federally recognized tribe of Miwok people in San Joaquin County and Calaveras County, California.[2] They were previously known as the Sheep Ranch Rancheria[3] or the Sheep Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indian of California.[4] The California Valley Miwok are Sierra Miwok, an indigenous people of California.[5]


The tribe conducts business from Stockton, California.[3] The current tribal administration is:

  • Silvia Burley, Chairperson[6][1]
  • Anjelica Paulk, Vice Chairperson[6]
  • Rashel Reznor, Secretary/Treasurer[6][1]


The Sheep Valley Rancheria was established in 1916 and is 0.92 acres large in Calaveras County. It is currently a cemetery.[7]

Recent events[edit]

In December of 2011, the US Federal Government reaffirmed its formal recognition of the California Valley Miwok Tribe. In 2007, the Bureau of Indian Affairs had recommended that the Central California BIA superintendent should "assist" the tribe establishing its new government; however, Larry Echohawk, then Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs, declared that the tribe does not need BIA oversight and can organize its own government, ratify a new constitution, and create its own criteria and procedures for tribal enrollment.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Berry, Carol. "Miwok Tribe Settles Lengthy Sovereignty Dispute." Indian Country Today. 24 Jan 2011. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Tribal Office Locations." California Department of Transportation: District 10. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  3. ^ a b "California Indians and Their Reservations: California Valley Miwok Tribe." San Diego State University Library and Information Access. 2011 . Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  4. ^ "American Indian Environmental Office Tribal Portal: Tribes A-Z." US Environmental Protection Agency. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  5. ^ "California Indians and Their Reservations: Miwok." San Diego State University Library and Information Access. 2011 . Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  6. ^ a b c "Government: Tribal Leadership." California Valley Miwok Tribe. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  7. ^ Pritzker 135


  • Pritzker, Barry M. A Native American Encyclopedia: History, Culture, and Peoples. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. ISBN 978-0-19-513877-1

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