Big Sandy Rancheria
|96 enrolled members|
|Regions with significant populations|
|United States ( California)|
|English, Western Mono|
|traditional tribal religion, formerly Ghost Dance|
|Related ethnic groups|
|other Mono tribes|
The Big Sandy Rancheria of Mono Indians of California is a ranchería and federally recognized tribe of Western Mono Indians (Monache) is located in Fresno County, California. As of the 2010 Census the population was 118.
The Big Sandy Rancheria, located just outside the community of Auberry, in Fresno County, is 228 acres (0.92 km2) large. In 1990, 38 tribal members lived on the reservation. In 2009, approximately 158 out of 495 enrolled tribal members lived on the reservation. The reservation is very secluded, and the tribal headquarters is situated within a ring of houses.
Big Sandy Rancheria's tribal headquarters is located in Auberry, California. They are governed by a democratically elected, five-person tribal council. The current administration is as follows:
- Elizabeth Kipp, Tribal Chairperson
- Arrow Sample, Vice Chairperson
- Johnny Baty, Treasurer
- Lisa D. Garcia, Secretary
- Amy Hutchins, Member-at-Large
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- Big Sandy Rancheria of Western Mono Indians, official website