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Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria
Total population
154 enrolled tribal members,
73 rancheria population (2011)
Regions with significant populations
 United States ( California)

The Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria is a federally recognized tribe with members who are descendants of Chetco, Hupa, Karuk, Tolowa, Wiyot, and Yurok people in Humboldt County, California. As of the 2010 Census the population was 132.


The Trinidad Rancheria (41°03′15″N 124°07′49″W / 41.05417°N 124.13028°W / 41.05417; -124.13028) is a federally recognized ranchería occupying three parcels of land with a total area of over 80 acres (32 ha). in Humboldt County. It was established in 1906 to house homeless local California Indians. An additional 60 acres (24 ha) of land was purchased for the rancheria in 1908. The tribe's lands are within Yurok ancestral territory.

The Tsurai Health Center serves residents of the rancheria. Health problems are posed by dioxin used by US Forest Service and timber companies to retard deciduous tree growth in the local forested areas.

Economic development

The Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community owns and operates the Cher-Ae Heights Casino, Sunrise Deli, Seascape Restaurant, Trinidad pier, Sunset Restaurant, Firewater Lounge, and all are located in Trinidad.


The tribes of the Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community are known in particular for their basket weaving. The tribe offers basket weaving classes taught in the Yurok language. They have lived as hunter-gatherers and fisherpeople in the coastal redwood forests for millennia. Salmon, clams, mussels, ocean fish, deer, elk, and smaller game have been traditional staples, as have wild berries and tan oak acorns.


The ranchería is served by the Trinidad Union Elementary School District and Northern Humboldt Union High School District.

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