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Mechoopda Maidu Indians
Mechoopda women and children.jpg
19th century photograph of Mechoopda women and children
Total population
413 enrolled members
Regions with significant populations
English, Konkow
Christianity, traditional tribal religions
Related ethnic groups
other Maidu people
Mechoopda sweat house
Mechoopda sweat house

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.


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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