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Bear River Band of the
Rohnerville Rancheria
Loleta CA Bear River Casino.jpg
The tribe's Bear River Casino in Loleta, California
Total population
550 enrolled members
Regions with significant populations
 United States ( California)
English, historically Mattole and Wiyot
Related ethnic groups
other Mattole and Wiyot people

The Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria is a federally recognized tribe of Mattole, Bear River and Wiyot people in Humboldt County, California.

Reservation and traditional territories

The Rohnerville Rancheria is a federally recognized ranchería located in two separate parts. One (40°34′49″N 124°07′21″W / 40.58028°N 124.12250°W / 40.58028; -124.12250) is at the eastern edge of Fortuna, and the other (40°37′53″N 124°12′11″W / 40.63139°N 124.20306°W / 40.63139; -124.20306) to the southeast of Loleta, both in Humboldt County. As of the 2010 Census the population was 38.

The tribe's traditional territory was along the Mattole and Bear Rivers near Cape Mendocino. Wiyot people lived along the Little River down to the Bear River and 25 miles (40 km) eastward. The Mattole villages of Tcalko', Chilsheck, Selsche'ech, Tlanko, Estakana, and Sehtla were located along Bear River.

Economic development

The Bear River Band owns and operates several entities including Bear River Casino Resort, River's Edge Restaurant, the Thirsty Bear Lounge, Bear River Recreation Center, and Bear River Tobacco Traders all located in Loleta, California. The new Bear River Family Entertainment Center that includes a 10 lane bowling alley, arcade, and laser tag and tournament baseball field open to the public, located next to the Bear River Recreation Center.

Traditional culture

Mattole people differ from neighboring tribes because men traditionally tattooed their faces, instead of just women. Mattole spoke the Mattole language, an Athapaskan language, while Wiyots spoke the Wiyot language, an Algonquian language. Subsistence practices that continue today for ceremonial purposes include salmon fishing and gathering salt, seaweed, and shells by hand.

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