Susanville Indian Rancheria

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Susanville Indian Rancheria
Total population
Regions with significant populations
United States United States (California California)
English, Mountain Maidu,
Northern Paiute language[2]
traditional tribal religion, Christianity
Related ethnic groups
Achomawi, Atsugewi, Mountain Maidu, Northern Paiute and Washoe people[3]

The Susanville Indian Rancheria is a federally recognized ranchería of Native Americans from a mixed community of Washoe, Achomawi, Mountain Maidu,[1] Northern Paiute, and Atsugewi tribes.[4]


Founded in 1923, the Susanville Rancheria, located in Lassen County, California was 150 acres (0.61 km2) large in 2000.[5] In 1923 the Lower Rancheria was 30 acres (120,000 m2) large. The Susanville Cemetery, 0.53 acres (2,100 m2), was acquired in 1975. The Upper Rancheria included 120 acres (0.49 km2) acquired in 1978 and 875 acquired in 2002, totaling 995 acres (4.03 km2). In Herlong the tribe acquired 72 acres (290,000 m2) in 2000 and has 50 acres (200,000 m2) pending. 80 acres (320,000 m2) in Ravendale were given to the tribe. The tribe purchased 160 acres (0.65 km2) in Cradle Valley in 2003. The landbase of Susanville Rancheria in 2010 totals 1,337.53 acres (5.4128 km2).


Susanville Indian Rancheria is governed by a democratically elected, seven-member council.[1] They are headquartered in Susanville, California, and their current administration is as follows:

  • Tribal Chairman: Stacy Dixon
  • Vice-Chairman: Aaron Brazzanovich Jr.
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Aaron Dixon Sr.
  • District 1 Councilman: Tina Richards
  • District 2 Councilman: Robert Joseph
  • At-Large Representative (On-Trust Land): Joleen Robles
  • At-Large Representative (Lassen County): Marvena Harris

Economic development[edit]

The Susanville Indian Rancheria initiated plans in 2009 to begin an ambitious plan to diversify the Tribe's businesses, while creating new business(s) that would support the Tribal infrastructure while giving Tribal members and the community additional sources of revenue and jobs.

They named their newly formed business division, SIRCO - Susanville Indian Rancheria Corporation. This corporation was chartered under the corporate charter of the Susanville Indian Rancheria. This was done for expediency, SIRCO is now a Federally Chartered Section 17 corporation. SIRCO operates all the businesses of the Susanville Indian Rancheria. This entity is separate from the government side of the tribe and has its own distinct Board of Directors.

SIRCO operates Diamond Mountain Casino, the 24 Hour Cafe, Lava Rock Grill, and the Diamond Mountain Casino Hotel, all located in Susanville.[6] In January of 2011 the Diamond Mountain Smoke Shop opened.

SIRCO has created companies that are developing business opportunities in the Federal contracting arena. The first company, Four Tribes Construction Services, located in Gaithersburg, MA,is a certified SBA 8(a) company, having received its certification in November of 2011. The second SBA 8(a) company, SFS Global, LLC, obtained its 8(a) certification on November 8th, 2012. The third company, SIRCOMED, involved in medical staffing obtained its 8(a) certification on March 15, 2013. Other companies are in the pipeline to take advantage of the benefits afforded Native American Tribes in contracting with the federal government.

The Susanville Indian Rancheria Corporation (SIRCO) manages 120 housing units in Herlong California for the Rancheria. Current occupancy rate is over 94%.


In 1923, the first 30 acres (120,000 m2) of the reservation was purchased for the local landless Indians. They ratified their constitution and bylaws on March 3, 1969, gaining federal recognition under the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "History." Susanville Indian Rancheria. (retrieved 27 June 2010)
  2. ^ Hinton, 30
  3. ^ Pritzker, 159
  4. ^ California Indians and Their Reservations: S. San Diego State University Library and Information Access. 2009 (retrieved 27 June 2010)
  5. ^ Pritzker, 248
  6. ^ "Diamond Mountain Casino." 500 Nations. (retrieved 27 May 2010)


  • Hinton, Leanne. Flutes of Fire: Essays on California Indian Languages. Berkeley: Heyday Books, 1994. ISBN 0-930588-62-2.
  • 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: 40°25′49.86″N 120°39′27.23″W / 40.4305167°N 120.6575639°W / 40.4305167; -120.6575639