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Christianity, traditional tribal religions
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other Maidu people
The Mechoopda are a tribe of Maidu people, indigenous peoples of California. They are enrolled in the Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria, a federally recognized tribe. Historically, the tribe has spoken Konkow, a language related to Maidu language, and as of 2010, has created digital learning materials from old recordings of Emma Cooper, made during the 1940s as a part of the war effort.
The tribe was formerly centered in a village located about 3 miles (5.6 km) south of contemporary Chico. 1⁄2 The Tribe was terminated in the 1967, losing its 26-acre Chico Rancheria. "Approximately one-half of the old Chico Rancheria is now owned by Chico State University, Chico"
The Mechoopda regained federal recognition in 1992.
The Mechoopda Indian Tribe ratified their constitution on 1 February 1998. The tribe is governed by a seven-member council. The current administration is as follows:
- Tribal Chairman: Dennis Ramirez
- Vice Chairperson: Sandra Knight:
- Treasurer: Barbara Rose
- Secretary: B. Arlene Ward
- Member-at-Large: Paulita Hopper
- Member-at-Large: Donna Rose
- Member-at-Large: Eileen Conway.
- "Tribal Government." Mechoopda Maidu Indians. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
- Meridith J. Cooper (2010-09-30). "Preserving Mechoopda tradition - A young tribe member creates a learning program using old recordings of the native language". Chico News & Review. Retrieved 2012-07-19.
- "Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park". EveryTrail. Retrieved 2012-07-19.
- "Conversation with Tribal Chairman Steve Santos". Inside Chico State - Volume 36 Number 3. Retrieved 2013-05-08.
- "California Indians and Their Reservations: Chico Rancheria." San Diego State University Library and Information Access. Retrieved 31 August 2012.