Big Sandy Rancheria

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Big Sandy Rancheria
of Mono Indians
Total population
96 enrolled members[1]
Regions with significant populations
United States United States (California California)
English, Western Mono[2]
traditional tribal religion, formerly Ghost Dance[3]
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.[4] As of the 2010 Census the population was 118.[5]


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.[3] In 2009, approximately 158 out of 495 enrolled tribal members lived on the reservation.[citation needed] The reservation is very secluded, and the tribal headquarters is situated within a ring of houses.[6]


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[7]

As of 1958, the Auberry Band of the Mono people was called ?unaħpaahtyħ , "that which is on the other side (of the San Joaquin River)" in the Mono language.[8]

Economic development[edit]

The tribe owns and operates the Mono Wind Casino and Broken Arrow Restaurant in Auberry.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "California Indians and Their Reservations: Big Sandy Rancheria." San Diego State University Library and Information Access. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  2. ^ Eargle, 88
  3. ^ a b Pritzker, 136
  4. ^ California Indians and Their Reservations. SDSU Library and Information Access. (retrieved 17 May 2010)
  5. ^
  6. ^ Eargle, 101
  7. ^ "Government." Big Sandy Rancheria Band of Western Mono Indians.(retrieved 17 May 2010)
  8. ^ Sydney M. Lamb. 1957. Mono Grammar. University of California. Berkeley PhD dissertation. .pdf
  9. ^ "Mono Wind Casino." 500 Nations. (retrieved 17 May 2010)


  • Eargle, Jr., Dolan H. California Indian Country: The Land and the People. San Francisco: Tree Company Press, 1992. ISBN 0-937401-20-X.
  • 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: 37°04′57″N 119°27′50″W / 37.082491°N 119.463997°W / 37.082491; -119.463997