Pomo Tribe

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Tribal Headquarters[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

The Pomo Indians traditionally lived in what is now northwestern California around the Clear Lake area north of San Francisco, and along the Russian River, in Lake, Mendocino, and Sonoma Counties. Today, there are about 5,000 Pomo living in several rancherias and reservations on or near the places of their origin[1].

Brief Timeline[edit | edit source]

1579: Sir Francis Drake encountered the tribe

1811-1842: Russians established Fort Ross, employed tribal members for agricultural work.

1817: established

1822: Mexican land grants

1834-1847: Many died in conflicts with the Mexican military

epidemics of smallpox and cholera killed many

1958: 41 California rancherias were terminated

Additional References to the History of the Tribe[edit | edit source]

Frederick Webb Hodge, in his Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico, gave a more complete history of the Pomo  tribe, with estimations of the population of the tribe at various time periods. Additional details are given in John Swanton's The Indian Tribes of North America.

Reservations / Rancherias[edit | edit source]

Pinoleville Rancheria Northern Pomo

Yokaya Rancheria

Bands of the Pomo Tribe and Their Reservations[edit | edit source]

Records[edit | edit source]

Superintendency[edit | edit source]

Records for Superintendencies exist in the National Archives and copies of many of them are also available in other research facilities.

California Superintendency

Important Websites[edit | edit source]

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  • California Indians and Their Reservations: An Online Dictionary. Available online.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. California Indians and Their Reservations: An Online Dictionary by the San Diego State University Available online.