This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.Find sources: "Coyote Valley Reservation" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (February 2022) (Learn how and when to remove this message)
Coyote Valley Reservation
Indian Reservation
Tribal Flag
Coyote Valley Reservation is located in California
Coyote Valley Reservation
Coyote Valley Reservation
Location in California
Coordinates: 39°15′15″N 123°12′32″W / 39.25417°N 123.20889°W / 39.25417; -123.20889
CountryUnited States
CountyMendocino County
Elevation692 ft (211 m)

The 70-acre (280,000 m2) Coyote Valley Reservation in Redwood Valley, California is home to about 170 members of the Coyote Valley tribe of the Native American Pomo people, who descend from the Shodakai Pomo. They are a federally recognized tribe, who were formerly known as the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians of California.

It is also the location of the Coyote Valley Shodakai Casino.

The Coyote Valley tribe were formerly located a few miles to the southeast, at the Coyote Valley Rancheria.[2] The Rancheria site was flooded by the construction of the Coyote Dam, creating Lake Mendocino, and the tribe relocated to the current reservation.

They are a member of the InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council which is a consortium of Northern California tribal nations focused on environmental and cultural preservation.[3] The council, which includes members of 10 federally recognized tribes in Mendocino and Lake counties, has worked to protect lands of cultural importance along the North Coast within the traditional Sinkyone tribal territory since it was established in 1986.[4] The California Natural Resources Agency has discussed co-management of Jackson Demonstration State Forest with the tribe which is within their ancestral lands.[5]

See also

Other current Pomo communities in Mendocino County:


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Coyote Valley Reservation
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Coyote Valley Rancheria (historical)
  3. ^ Treisman, Rachel (2022-01-26). "A California redwood forest has officially been returned to a group of Native tribes". NPR. Retrieved 2022-01-28.
  4. ^ Green, Matthew (January 27, 2022). "'A Real Blessing': Tribal Group Reclaims More Than 500 Acres of Northern California Redwoods". KQED. Retrieved 2022-01-29.
  5. ^ Seidman, Lila (2022-02-19). "A war to halt logging in Northern California reignites. Will it end differently this time?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2022-02-20.