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]

The original inhabitant that lived on the Sheep Ranch property was a man named “Indian Jeff” who was the sole individual available in 1934 to sign the Indian Reorganization Act presented to him by the BIA. The current members of the “true” California Valley Miwok Tribe, which doesn’t just include Burley and her daughters but a community, are descended from that individual. Silvia Burley, her children and the other members are proper and legitimate members and always had claim to be.

A few years back a scam artist paid $5.00 to become an official member of the Tribe. He then began working, in collusion with a series of lawyers, including a former commissioner from the California Gambling Control Commission (CGCC), someone from the department of justice and the Bureau of Indian Affairs-Central California Agency to replace the Tribal Council and gain control over the land for the purposes of building a Casino. The result of this underhanded scheme is the foreclosure of the California Valley Miwok Tribe land.

Besides, In 1977, Yakima Dixie brutally murdered his great-uncle Lennie Jeff to steal the claim to the tribe for himself. Mr. Yakima Dixie was never a hereditary Chief, nor were any of his brothers. He and Chadd Everone(scam artist) tried to take over the tribe for countless years now, but always failed miserably.

Chadd Everone hired both an ex-commissioner of the California Gambling Control Commission and an ex-attorney of the General Council of the Commission, to exploit their pre-existing personal relationships to influence the current Commission members to discontinue the State Revenue Funding which is due to the Tribe.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c 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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