Wiyot Indians

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United States Gotoarrow.png Indigenous Peoples of the United States Gotoarrow.png California, United States Genealogy Gotoarrow.png Indigenous Peoples of California Gotoarrow.png Wiyot Indians


Tribal Headquarters[edit | edit source]

Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria
32 Bear River Drive
Loleta, CA 95551

History[edit | edit source]

The traditional residence of the Wiyot Tribe was in the far northwest corner of what is now California, around Humboldt Bay and the mouths of Mad River and Eel River. Most of the present-day Wiyot live in non-Indian communities. However, some reside in Blue Lake, Rohnerville, Table Bluff, and Trinidad Rancherias.

Brief Timeline[edit | edit source]

1806: Humboldt Bay discovered by Captain Jonathan Winship

1850: White settlers arrive

1860: Massacre on Gunther's Island, many Wiyot killed

1860: Wiyot move to Fort Humboldt for protection

1860: Moved to Klamath River Reservation

1862: Klamath River Reservation flooded

Reservations[edit | edit source]

Klamath Reservation

Bands of the Wiyot Tribe[edit | edit source]

Agencies[edit | edit source]

Klamath Agency (California)

Klamath Agency (Oregon)

Records[edit | edit source]

The majority of records of individuals were those created by the agencies. Some records may be available to tribal members through the tribal headquarters.They were (and are) the local office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and were charged with maintaining records of the activities of those under their responsibility. Among these records are:

Websites[edit | edit source]

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

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

References[edit | edit source]