Mechoopda facts for kids
19th century photograph of Mechoopda women and children
|413 enrolled members|
|Regions with significant populations|
|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 1⁄2 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.
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