Wilton Rancheria

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Miwok-Paiute ceremony in 1872 at current site of Yosemite Lodge

Wilton Rancheria Indian Tribe is a federally recognized Native American Miwok tribe.[1] They were formed from Wilton Rancheria Miwok and the Me-Wuk Indian Community of the Wilton Rancheria.[2]

Today, there are approximately 600 people that belong to the tribe.[3] The rancheria (or reservation) consists of 38.5 acres (156,000 m2) of land[4] located in the Sacramento Valley, near the city of Elk Grove, CA in the census-designated place of Wilton, CA.

History[edit]

The ancestors of the Wilton Rancheria Miwok lived for many years on land bordering the Cosumnes River until 1958. The tribal members are descendants of the Plains and Sierra Miwok who lived and prospered in the Sacramento Valley.[5] In their own language, "mi-wuk" means "people".[6]

The tribe was "re-recognized" as a federal tribe on June 13, 2009,[7] after being terminated in 1958 under the California Rancheria Act, an Indian termination policy.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Restoration of Wilton Rancheria", Federal Register Vol. 74, No. 132, p.33468-33469 (July 13, 2009). Retrieved on 2009-09-03.
  2. ^ Me-Wuk Indian Community of the Wilton Rancheria. Retrieved on 2009-09-03.
  3. ^ "Wilton Rancheria Announces Restoration of Status as Federally Recognized Indian Tribe", Sacramento Business Journal, 2009-06-08. Retrieved on 2009-09-03.
  4. ^ "About Rancheria" Official Wilton Rancheria website. Retrieved on 2009-09-03.
  5. ^ "Wilton Rancheria Announces Restoration of Status as Federally Recognized Indian Tribe", Sacramento Business Journal, 2009-06-08. Retrieved on 2009-09-03.
  6. ^ Me-Wuk-English Glossary. Retrieved 2009-09-03.
  7. ^ "Wilton Miwok Rancheria tribe outlines future goals" Elk Grove Citizen, 2009-07-07. Retrieved on 2009-09-03.