The Big Sandy Rancheria of Mono Indians

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Big Sandy Rancheria
Big Sandy Rancheria

The Big Sandy Rancheria of Mono Indians of California is a ranchería and federally recognized tribe of Western Mono Indians (Monache) is located in Fresno County, California.

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The Big Sandy Rancheria, located in Fresno County, is 228 acres (0.92 km2) large. In 1990, 38 tribal members lived on the reservation. In 2009, approximately 158 out of 495 enrolled tribal members lived on the reservation. The reservation is very secluded, and the tribal headquarters is situated within a ring of houses.


Big Sandy Rancheria’s tribal headquarters is located in Auberry, California. They are governed by a democratically elected, five-person tribal council. The current administration is as follows:

  • Elizabeth Kipp, Tribal Chairperson
  • Arrow Sample, Vice Chairperson
  • Johnny Baty, Treasurer
  • Lisa D. Garcia, Secretary
  • Amy Hutchins, Member-at-Large
  • As of 1958, the Auberry Band of the Mono people was called ?unaħpaahtyħ , “that which is on the other side (of the San Joaquin River)” in the Mono language.
  • Economic development

    The tribe owns and operates the Mono Wind Casino and Broken Arrow Restaurant in Auberry.

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