Published on September 28, 2013 by Amy
The North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California is a federally recognized tribe of Mono Native Americans. North Fork Rancheria is the name of the tribe’s reservation, which is located in Madera County, California. Nim is their self-designation.
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The North Fork Mono tribe are Western Mono Indians, whose traditional homeland is in the southern Sierra Nevada foothills of California. The Mono language is part of the Uto-Aztecan language family. Their oral history is included in Mono traditional narratives.
The tribe’s 1996 Constitution allows open enrollment to eligible lineal descendents of the Northfork Mono. Their enrollment is 1800, making them one of California’s largest native tribes.
The North Fork Rancheria occupies 80 acres (320,000 m2) along the western edge of the Sierra National Forest, about 50 miles (80 km) northeast of Fresno, California. Their tribal headquarters are located in North Fork, California
Other federally recognized Mono tribes are the Tule River Indian Tribe of the Tule River Reservation, Cold Springs Rancheria of Mono Indians of California, and the Big Sandy Rancheria of Mono Indians of California.