Manchester Band of Pomo Indians of the Manchester Rancheria

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Manchester/Point Arena Band of Pomo Indians
Total population
(500+ actively enrolled Members)
Regions with significant populations
United States (California)
English, Pomoan languages
Related ethnic groups
Pomo tribes

The Manchester Band of Pomo Indians of the Manchester Rancheria, formerly named the 'Manchester Band of Pomo Indians of the Manchester-Point Arena Rancheria is a federally recognized tribe of Pomo Indians in California.

The tribe's reservation is split onto Manchester and Point Arena Lands. Once there was a bridge connecting these tribes closer than they are now. Point Arena[1] in Mendocino County, California. The reservation is 364 acres (1.47 km2) large.[1]

The tribe is a community of Pomo Native Americans who are native to northern California. The Manchester-Point Arena Pomos speak the Central Pomo language of the Pomoan family. The Manchester-Point Arena Pomos formed their current governmental system under the Indian Reorganization Act of 1935, and their constitution was ratified on 11 March 1936.[2] To vote in tribal elections, enrolled members must be at least 18. All qualified voters form a community council and officers include the tribal chairman, vice-chairman, secretary, and treasurer.[2] The population of the tribe is estimated at 873.[1] Tribal enrollment is based upon lineal descent from members listed on the official 1 April 1935 census rolls and does not require a minimum blood quantum.[2] Health care to the tribe is provided by a satellite clinic of the Sonoma County Indian Health Project.[3]

As a testament to Pomo community support, the Dry Creek Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California has made donations to the Manchester-Point Arena Pomos in past years.[4]

This tribe may be small but it also has its own Casino. The Garcia River Casino is located on the Point Arena Rancheria. The casino is small and does not have table games except for a black jack table which has an electronic host. The most games are Slots 1c-$. The River Grill which is located within the casino serves a great amount of guests a day and has amazing food. They give you a lot of food for a pretty good price.


  1. ^ a b c California Indians and Their Reservations. San Diego State University Library and Information Access. 2009 (retrieved 26 Feb 2009)
  2. ^ a b c Constitution and Bylaws of the Manchester Band of Pomo Indians of the Manchester Rancheria. 11 March 1936 (retrieved 26 Feb 2009)
  3. ^ Sonoma County Indian Health Project. California Rural Indian Health Board, Inc. 2003 (retrieved 26 Feb 2009)
  4. ^ Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians Delivers Truck-Load of Toys to Sonoma County’s Families in Need. 19 Dec 2006 (retrieved 26 Feb 2009)

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Coordinates: 38°56′08″N 123°40′57″W / 38.93556°N 123.68250°W / 38.93556; -123.68250