Cedarville Rancheria

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Cedarville Rancheria
Total population
29 enrolled members,[1]
26 rancheria population (2011)[2]
Regions with significant populations
 United States ( California)
English, Northern Paiute
Related ethnic groups
other Northern Paiute people

The Cedarville Rancheria is a federally recognized tribe of Northern Paiute people in Modoc County, California, about 30 miles south of the Oregon border.[2]


Cedarville Rancheria is headquartered in Alturas, California, which is 20 miles west of Cedarville. They are governed by a democratically elected tribal council who each serve three-year terms.[1] Cherie Lash Rhoades served as the tribal chairperson during 2012.[3]


The Cedarville Rancheria is a federally recognized ranchería with an area of 20 acres. Founded in 1914, it had six residents on 17 acres in 1990.[4] The 2010 census recorded 13 inhabitants. It is located within the unincorporated community of Cedarville.

2014 shooting attack[edit]

On February 20, 2014, Cherie Lash Rhoades, the former tribal chairperson (who had been recently ousted and was under federal investigation over at least $50,000 in missing funds), opened fire in the tribe's Alturas office during a tribal eviction meeting. She killed four people and wounded two others. When she ran out of ammunition, she grabbed a butcher knife from the office kitchen and stabbed one other person. Rhoades was attending an eviction hearing at the office (against her and her son) when she began her attack.

Police arrested Rhoades after she ran outside and took her into custody. Those killed included the suspect's brother, 50-year-old Rurik Davis; her niece, 19-year-old Angel Penn; and her nephew, 30-year-old Glenn Calonicco. The fourth person killed was 47-year-old Sheila Lynn Russo, the tribal administrator and mother of two teenagers.[5][6][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Cedarville Rancheria Tribal History." Cedarville Rancheria. 28 June 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Cedarville Rancheria." SDSU: California Indians and Their Reservations. 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Tribal Directory." national Congress of American Indians. Retrieved 28 June 2012.
  4. ^ Pritzker 227
  5. ^ Ford, Dana; Hassan, Carma (February 21, 2014). "Female suspect in custody after 4 people killed at tribal office". CNN. CNN. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  6. ^ "4 dead, 2 injured in a shooting at Northern Calif. tribal meeting". Associated Press. February 21, 2014. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Shooting at Cedarville Rancheria Tribal Office Leaves 4 Dead, 2 Critically Injured". Indian Country Today Media. February 21, 2014. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 


  • 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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Coordinates: 41°31′36″N 120°10′59″W / 41.52667°N 120.18306°W / 41.52667; -120.18306