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Mechoopda Maidu Indians
Total population
(413 enrolled members)
Regions with significant populations
 California
Languages
English, Konkow
Religion
Christianity, traditional tribal religions
Related ethnic groups
other Maidu people

The Mechoopda are a tribe of Maidu people, an indigenous peoples of California. They are enrolled in the Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria, a federally recognized tribe. Historically, the tribe has spoken Konkow, a language related to the Maidu language, and as of 2010, has created digital learning materials from old recordings of Emma Cooper, made during the 1940s as a part of the war effort.

The tribe was formerly centered in a village located about 3 12 miles (5.6 km) south of contemporary Chico, California. The Tribe was terminated in 1967, losing its 26-acre Chico Rancheria. Today, approximately one-half of the old Chico Rancheria is now owned by California State University, Chico (CSUC). The 11-acre university-owned portion of the former reservation is used by CSUC's agriculture, anthropology, and archaeology students.

The Mechoopda regained federal recognition in 1992.

Reservation

The Chico Rancheria is a federal reservation located in Butte County. The population on the rancheria is approximately 70. Chico is the closest town.

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