Robinson Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California

The Robinson Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California is a federally recognized tribe of Eastern Pomo people in Lake County, California.[2]

Robinson Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California
Tribal flag
Total population
Regions with significant populations
United States (California)
English, Pomoan languages
Roundhouse religion, Christianity, Kuksu
Related ethnic groups
Pomo tribes


The Robinson Pomo's reservation is the Robinson Rancheria, which is made up of two sites in Lake County. They are separated by eight miles and together total 113 acres (0.46 km2) of trust lands.[2] The larger section of land is 107 acres (0.43 km2).[1] The second section lies to the west, in the vicinity of 39°08′24″N 122°54′36″W. Of the approximately 477 members of the tribe, 153 live on the reservation.[2] The reservation lies near the communities of Nice, Upper Lake, and North Lakeport.

The tribe conducts business from Nice, California.[3]


The US federal government terminated relations with the tribe in 1956, but the court case, Mabel Duncan, et al. v. US, settled in 1981 declared this termination illegal. After the 1956 termination of the Old Robinson Reservation, tribal members moved to urban areas. Federal recognition for the tribe was restored in the 1960s. In 1978 Robinson Rancheria organized a tribal government and adopted their constitution in 1980. Many tribal members live back on the reservation today.[1]

In February, 2017, the tribe announced reinstatement of the nearly 70 members who were disenrolled in 2009. After tribal members spoke out, the tribal government voluntarily decided to reinstate without a court order.[4]


The Robinson Pomo are governed by a democratically elected, six-person tribal council. Officers of the council are the tribal chairperson, vice-chairperson, and secretary-treasurer. Positions are to be elected for two year terms and elections are held annually. The Chairperson, Secretary / Treasurer, and (1) Member at Large position are held in the even years; and the Vice Chairperson, and two other Member at Large positions are held in the odd years.

Economic and environmental development

The Robinson Rancheria Environmental Center operates a native plant nursery and a recycling center. The center also monitors local water quality and maintains tribal roads.[5]

The tribe also operates the Robinson Rancheria Resort and Casino, the Pomo Smoke Shop, and "R Pomo Pumps."[6]

See also


  1. History. Robinson Rancheria Pomo Indians. (retrieved 29 July 2009)
  2. California Indians and Their Reservations. San Diego State University Library and Information Access. 2009 (retrieved 29 July 2009)
  3. California Tribes and Organizations. 500 Nations. (retrieved 29 July 2009)
  5. Robinson Rancheria Environmental Center. Robinson Rancheria Pomo Indians. (retrieved 29 July 2009)
  6. Enterprises. Robinson Rancheria Pomo Indians. (retrieved 29 July 2009)

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