Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 39
7751 North State Street
Redwood Valley, CA 95470

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Cultural History

The Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians currently occupies not less than seventy acres of land in its present day reservation area located in Mendocino County in California. The Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians has a tribal membership of not less than three hundred twenty five enrolled members. Out of the three hundred twenty five enrolled members, not less than one hundred seventy of them are residing in the reservation area.

These Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians people originated from the north western portion of California. Today, the tribe still has the primary control over its tribal lands which they have held over the past years. These lands are the lands that were handed down to them by their ancestors. The tribe is actually a combination of the other seven tribes who share a close relationship when it comes to cultural factors, but have differences in the political system and villages. These Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians are Pomo-speakers, and have been occupying the land which encompasses almost fifty miles on the northern portion of the San Francisco Bay, in its coast and the inland most especially the areas which are just around the Clear Lake and that of the Russian River. These days, these areas are now known are the Mendocino, Sonoma and the Lake Counties.

The seven closely inked but reciprocally incomprehensible languages that the tribe speaks come from the Hokan language family. The Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians is known for their activities such as fishing, gathering berries and farming. The tribe excels best in fishing, having had fished for king salmon along the rivers. Shellfish gathering was also a major industry, especially in the Pacific Coast area. The tribe has also relied on acorns and game for their living. It was along the rivers where they caught their major industries as well as those of acorns and games and fishes. It was in the beginning of the nineteenth century when the number of the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians reached only up to fifteen thousand. 

The tribal population these days does not exceed to five thousand Pomo people.  It has been said that one of the major reasons for the decline of the population growth of the tribe was the contact with the Europeans during the eighteenth century. It was then that the tribe contracted epidemics, killing most of their tribal members.

The tribal members of today reside on the areas of Big Valey, Cloverdale, Dry Creek, Grindstone, Guidvil, Hopland, Lytton, Manchester-Point Arena, Middletown, Pinolevile, Potter Valley, Redwood Valey, Robinson, Scotts Valley, Sherwood Valley, Stewarts Point, and Upper Lake as well as in areas on the Coyote Valley and Round VAley Reservations. They are also engaged in business ventures that bring about revenues in their community.

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