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Cedarville Rancheria
Total population
35 enrolled members,
26 rancheria population (2011)
Regions with significant populations
 United States ( California)
Languages
English, Northern Paiute
Related ethnic groups
other Northern Paiute people

The Cedarville Rancheria is a federally recognized tribe of Northern Paiute people in Modoc County, California, about 30 miles (48 km) south of the Oregon border. Cedarville Rancheria is 26 acres in Cedarville, California. Tribal Office 20 miles away in Alturas, CA. They have an environmental protection agency that is dedicated to keeping the Rancheria clean and teaching children how to protect and care for the planet.

Reservation

The Cedarville Rancheria is a federally recognized ranchería with an area of 20 acres. Founded in 1914, it had six residents on 17 acres in 1990. The 2010 census recorded 13 inhabitants. It is located within the unincorporated community of Cedarville. All tribal citizens are can trace their lineage back to the official census roll dated July 18, 1954. Their first attempt at running a business came to their purchase of what is now the Cedarville Rancheria Public Scales.They also run a a mini mart/ truck stop off the highway near the scales.

History

Cedarville Rancheria is a branch of the Norther Paiute. Pre-contact they were adapted to the desert environment that surrounded them and gathering for food was a group effort when it came to hunting and gathering. After contact with Europeans they suffered from infectious deceases such as small pox and had some of the greatest losses from it.

2014 shooting attack

On February 20, 2014, Cherie Lash Rhoades, the former tribal chairperson (who had been recently ousted and was under federal investigation over at least $50,000 in missing funds), opened fire in the tribe's Alturas office during a tribal eviction meeting. She killed five people and wounded two others. Rhoades was attending an eviction hearing at the office (against her and her son) when she began her attack.

Police arrested Rhoades after she ran outside and took her into custody.


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