Elk Valley Rancheria

The mission of Elk Valley Rancheria is to have respect and dignity for all, preserve our culture, to be self-sufficient and diversified for the good of the tribe, county, community and region.

 

The Elk Valley Rancheria is geographically located in Tolowa ancestral territory, close to Yurok lands.  Our tribal membership includes descendants of the Tolowa, Yurok, Wiyot and Hupa Indians. 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.

Our History & Culture

Our ancestors have lived in the Pacific Northwest, in what is now Southern Oregon and Northern California since time immemorial.

The Gold Rush era of the 1850’s was a time of rapid and cataclysmic change for the Local Indian tribes.  Massacres took place at several villages, along with diseases that decimated the local Indian population. 

Despite such upheaval and great loss of life, our culture has survived.  Today, our community is thriving.

Historical image of tribal members wedding in the early 1900's
Dale A. Miller, Tribal Chairman

From our Tribal Leader

Hello, I'm Dale Miller, Tribal Chairman of Elk Valley Rancheria, California. I'd like to welcome you to our website, where you can learn a little bit about our history through the many tribes that make up the Elk Valley Rancheria, California, including the Tolowa, Yurok, Chetco, Hupa, and others.

Our Future

Join us on our journey to become self sufficient with new and exciting business ventures.

Learn about our heritage, culture and our Tribal community through our Tribal events.

Tribal Council

Oyuukwee,

Come and meet the Tribal Council which consists of nine elected Tribal Members.