Published on October 13, 2013 by Amy
The Manchester Band of Pomo Indians of the Manchester Rancheria, formerly named the ‘Manchester Band of Pomo Indians of the Manchester-Point Arena Rancheria is a federally recognized tribe of Pomo Indians in California.
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The tribe’s reservation is the Manchester-Point Arena Rancheria, situated near the towns of Manchester and Point Arena in Mendocino County, California. The reservation is 364 acres (1.47 km2) large.
The tribe is a community of Pomo Indians who are native to northern California. The Manchester-Point Arena Pomos speak the Central Pomo language of the Pomoan family. Eileen Oropeza and Winifred Leal are Manchester-Point Arena native speakers of the language, as was Jesse Frank.
The Manchester-Point Arena Pomos formed their current governmental system under the Indian Reorganization Act of 1935, and their constitution was ratified on 11 March 1936. To vote in tribal elections, enrolled members must be at least 18. All qualified voters form a community council and officers include the tribal chairman, vice-chairman, secretary, and treasurer. The population of the tribe is estimated at 873. Tribal enrollment is based upon lineal descent from members listed on the official 1 April 1935 census rolls and does not require a minimum blood quantum. Health care to the tribe is provided by a satellite clinic of the Sonoma County Indian Health Project.
As a testament to Pomo community support, the Dry Creek Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California has made donations to the Manchester-Point Arena Pomos in past years.