Cedarville Rancheria

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Cedarville Rancheria
Total population
35 enrolled members,[1]
26 rancheria population (2011)[2]
Regions with significant populations
 United States ( California)
Languages
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 (48 km) south of the Oregon border.[2] Cedarville Rancheria is 26 acres in Cedarville, California. Tribal Office 20 miles away in Alturas, CA. They have an environmental protection agency that is dedicated to keeping the Rancheria clean and teaching children how to protect and care for the planet.

Government[edit]

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 a three-year term. Melissa Davis is the Chairwoman, daughter of the late deceased Chairman, Rurik Davis. .[3] Any members that want to run for office only have to be 18 years of age or older. Election happened at the end of every term and votes are casted anonymously.

Reservation[edit]

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. All tribal citizens are can trace their lineage back to the official census roll dated July 18, 1954. Their first attempt at running a business came to their purchase of what is now the Cedarville Rancheria Public Scales. They also run a mini mart/ truck stop off the highway near the scales.[5][6]

History[edit]

Cedarville Rancheria is a branch of the Norther Paiute. Pre-contact they were adapted to the desert environment that surrounded them and gathering for food was a group effort when it came to hunting and gathering. After contact with Europeans they suffered from infectious deceases such as smallpox and had some of the greatest losses from it.[7]

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.[8][9][10]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "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. ^ "Former Tribal Chairperson on Trial for Murder of Four and Wounding Two". Native News Online. 2016-12-14. Retrieved 2017-03-16. 
  6. ^ "Cedarville Rancheria Northern Paiute Tribe". www.citlink.net. Retrieved 2017-03-16. 
  7. ^ Hopkins, Sarah Winnemucca (1883) [1994]. Fowler, Catherine S., ed. Life Among the Piutes: Their Wrongs And Claims. University of Nevada Press. ISBN 978-0874172522.
  8. ^ Ford, Dana; Hassan, Carma (February 21, 2014). "Female suspect in custody after 4 people killed at tribal office". CNN. CNN. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  9. ^ "4 dead, 2 injured in a shooting at Northern Calif. tribal meeting". Associated Press. February 21, 2014. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Shooting at Cedarville Rancheria Tribal Office Leaves 4 Dead, 2 Critically Injured". Indian Country Today Media. February 21, 2014. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 

References[edit]

  • Pritzker, Barry M. A Native American Encyclopedia: History, Culture, and Peoples. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. ISBN 978-0-19-513877-1

External links[edit]

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