Elk Valley Rancheria

Since time immemorial, our ancestors have lived in the Pacific Northwest, in what is now Southern Oregon and Northern California. We invite you to learn about our history; and experience our culture, surroundings, and spirit.

The Rancheria

The Elk Valley Rancheria is geographically located in Tolowa ancestral territory, close to Yurok lands.  Our tribal membership include people of Tolowa, Wiyot, Yurok, and Hupa descent.  The Rancheria was founded shortly after the Landless California Indians Act of 1906 as a piece of land reserved for “homeless” local Indians.  In the mid-1950’s, Elk Valley, along with approximately 40 other Rancherias throughout the state, were illegally terminated from federal recognition by a Congressional passage of the California Rancheria Act.  In 1980’s, Tillie Hardwick, a Pomo Indian, filed a class action suit, which resulted in the restoration of federal recognition of 17 Rancherias, including Elk Valley.  Our Tribe formally reorganized in 1994 pursuant to a written Tribal Constitution approved by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.  As a Tribe we are deeply committed in preserving our culture, and restoring our lands.

Sovereign Nation of Elk Valley Rancheria
Elk Valley Casino set against a dramatic sunset

Elk Valley Casino

Nestled in the redwoods and located along the Northern California coast, Elk Valley Casino is here to make your visit memorable. Whether you are vacationing here or just traveling through, your gaming experience will be worth the visit.

Dale A. Miller, Tribal Chairman

From Our Tribal Leader

Hello, I'm Dale Miller, the Tribal Chairman of the Elk Valley Rancheria, California. In this site you can learn a little bit about our history through the many tribes that make up the Elk Valley Rancheria, California, such as the Tolowa, Yurok, Chetco, Hupa, and others.