United Auburn Indian Community

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10720 Indian Hill Road
Auburn, CA 95603

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Cultural History

The United Auburn Indian's reestablishment started since the documentation of the Department of Interior was shown. It was about the existence of 2 cohesive bands named Maidu and Miwok Indians who occupy a village in Placer County. They live on the outskirts of City of Auburn. United States acquired land in 1917 just near the City of Auburn so that Auburn Band will benefit from it. There they made a reservation which is popularly known as the Auburn Rancheria. However, even if there is a great adversity, the members of the tribe continually lived there.

The United States Congress allowed the termination of federal obligations to some California Indian Tribes as well as the Auburn Band through the enactment of Rancheria Acts.

The government sold the land in exchange to the Auburn Rancheria except a 2.8 parcel which consists of a church and a park. The termination of the federal recognition of the Auburn band happened in 1967. It was implemented by the United States Government. Fortunately, after three years, President Nixon made a decision to declare the termination policy a failure. Indian Self-Determination was the new federal policy that was favored by the United States Senate and House of Representatives

The reorganization of the tribal government of the Auburn Band as the United Auburn Indian Community of their surviving members occurred in 1991. They made a request to the United States to give them the complete federal recognition. After some years of their request, the Congress finally passed the Auburn Indian Restoration Act which triggered to the restoration of their federal recognition. Because of this act, they were allowed to establish a new reservation in Placer County.

Talking about their culture, the Nisenan territory has an abundant food sources. The seasonal ripening was the basis of their Food gathering. On the other hand, hunting, gathering as well as fishing can be done all year long. Their activity is great during late summer and early fall. Different staples were gathered but it does not depend on only one crop.

The harvests every season can be either communal or personal property. Their activities and social behavior which includes status, sharing, trading, ceremonies, and disagreements played a very big role in their adjuncts to the distribution and getting of food.

Acorns are gathered by the extended families. The role of the en is hunting while the women and children are the ones who gather acorns that are knocked from the trees. They also gather buckeye nuts, sugar and digger pine nuts, and hazelnuts

They crack the acorns on an acorn anvil and shell them. With the use of a bedrock mortar or grinding rock, they are used to grinding it into flour. When it comes to cooking, they do it with the use of fire heated stones.  

Their ability to think of things in order to survive made them very significant to other tribes. These are just some of their culture and ways of living. Aside from that, they have also survived many years because of their skills and talents as member of the community. 

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