Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation

The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation (/ˈjə ˈdhi ˈwɪntn/ YOH-chə DEE-hee WIN-toon)[2] is a federally recognized tribe of Wintun people, specifically Patwin people or southern Wintun, in Yolo County, California. They were formerly known as the Rumsey Indian Rancheria of Wintun Indians of California.

Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation
Total population
36 rancheria population[1] (2011)
Regions with significant populations
 United States ( California)
English, Patwin
Related ethnic groups
other Wintun peoples


The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation is headquartered in Brooks, California. A democratically elected, five-person tribal council govern the tribe and operate tribal services and business ventures, such as Yocha Dehe Wintun Academy, Yocha Dehe Fire Department, Yocha Dehe Community Fund, Yocha Dehe Farm and Ranch, Cultural Resources Department, Health and Wellness Department, Environmental Department, Tribal Gaming Agency, and Cache Creek Casino Resort.[3] The current tribal administration is as follows:[3]

  • Chairman: Anthony Roberts
  • Secretary: James Kinter
  • Treasurer: Matthew Lowell, Jr.
  • Council Member: Mia Durham
  • Council Member: Burnam R. Lowell, Sr.


The tribe's reservation is the Rumsey Rancheria, a federally recognized ranchería in the Coast Range. Established in 1907, the rancheria is 185 acres large.[4]


The Yocha Dehe Wintun are Patwin people, whose traditional territories are near the Sacramento River valley. The Patwin language is a Penutian language. Traditional subsistence included fishing king salmon, harvesting acorns, hunting, and gathering vegetables. [5]

Economic development

The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation owns and operates the Cache Creek Casino Resort, which included a hotel, spa, and golf course, as well as several restaurants: C2 Steak and Seafood, Chang Shou, The Sports Page, Harvest Buffet, Canyon Cafe, The Deli, Asian Kitchen, Sweets Etc., and Loco Express, all located in Brooks.[6] The tribe also has several agricultural interests, such as growing wine grapes and arbequina olives. Seka Hills is the brand of the tribe's olive oil.[7]

See also


  1. "Population." SDSU: California Indians and Their Reservation. 2011. Retrieved 25 Oct 2012.
  2. The Overlook narrated by Marshall McKay (Audio). Restore/Restory: A People's History of the Cache Creek Nature Preserve. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  3. "Tribal Council." Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. 2012. Retrieved 25 Oct 2012.
  4. Pritzker 154
  5. "Wintun Indians." SDSU: California Indians and Their Reservations. 2011. Retrieved 25 Oct 2012.
  6. "Cache Creek Casino Resort." 500 Nations. Retrieved 25 Oct 2012.
  7. Fabricant, Florence. "Olive Oil From a California Tribe." The New York Times. Retrieved 25 Oct 2012.


  • Pritzker, Barry M. A Native American Encyclopedia: History, Culture, and Peoples. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. ISBN 978-0-19-513877-1

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