Hopland Distribution Parcel Map

This is the Distribution Plan Parcel Map for the Hopland tribe. Seeing the names matched to the parcel on the map, you will see parcel 19 assigned to Grandparents William and Marian Wilder, joint distributees. If you haven’t learned from previous posts, this is the golden tender that the tribe holds sacred when we talk about modern terms. This land was fought for. It wasn’t just given to whomever. You had to prove who you were, your relationship to the land, to the tribe, past lot assignments, etc. Hopland tribe was many tribes over the years. From 1908 til current. It’s changed names, got reorganized, terminated, and put back together again in just a short span of time. And in each of those eras, you will see my grandparents and the great-greats listed in every one of them.

This information was combed over by BIA agents. They set out a particular criteria and the notified Nakomis Men’s Club of the plan. At that time, there was no tribal council, just a men’s club with basically the same structure. It was supposed to be the integrity of the Club to fairly distribute out the parcels. We have quite a few protest letters that describes the situation with the lots vs. the Club of men. To say the least, members of the Club at that time were mainly gobbling up as much land for themselves and certain families of their own and completely erasing eligible lot assignees altogether.

Once BIA learned of this tactic, they allowed a  protest period for members to voice their concerns about the plan. My grandmother Marian was among the many that protested. With proof of eligibility and the BIA’s record keeping, the BIA agreed with my grandmother and assigned her a parcel in what would be the finale of the distribution plan.

That decision would later become the basis for how our tribe was to identify itself after they won the right to become a federally recognized tribe again in the 1980’s. The constitution of the Hopland Band of Pomo Indians describes in direct terms who is a Hopland Indian. A “Racially” Hopland Indian  described by using the Distribution Plan of The Hopland Tribe. Our grandparents are listed on that very plan and distribution. 

Have a look at the current Hopland constitution’s membership criteria below.

Article III Membership reads as follows:

ARTICLE III MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. As used in this section the word “descent” shall mean a person who is a direct lineal descendant of a person who is racially a Hopland Indian. The membership of the Hopland Band of Pomo Indians shall consist of:

All persons of Hopland Band Indian descent who were listed as distributees or dependent members of distributees in the Hopland Rancheria Plan for the Distribution of the Assets of the Hopland Reservation as approved by the Secretary on May 22, 1961 .

Al lineal descendants of any person of Hopland Band Indian descent whose name appears as a distributee or dependent member of a distributee on the Plan for the Distribution of Assets of the Hop}and Reservation as approved by the Secretary on May 22, 1 961 .

All persons of Hopland Band Indian descent who have ever leased, owned, received, or were assigned land on the Hopland Reservation.

All other persons of Indian descent who can to the satisfaction of the general council, demonstrate a substantial connection with the Hopland Reservation. The tribal council shall screen all applicants for acceptability under this clause and acceptance as members shall be subject to a majority vote of the general council at the next regularly scheduled meeting at which a quorum is present.

Section 2. A person who has been allotted or received a land use assignment on another reservation shall not be enrolled as a member of the Hopland Reservation; provided, however: that nothing in this section shall prevent a person who has inherited an allotment or land use assignment on another Indian reservation and who is otherwise eligible for enrollment under this Article from being enrolled as a member of the Hopland Reservation.

Section 3. A person who is officially enrolled with or is a recognized member of some other tribe, reservation or rancheria shall not be enrolled unless such person relinquishes affiliation with such tribe, reservation or rancheria to the satisfaction of the tribal council. A “recognized member of another tribe, reservation or rancheria” is a person whose name is listed on the membership roll of another tribe, reservation or rancheria.

Section 4. The official membership roll shaEl be prepared in accordance with an ordinance adopted by the tribal council. Such ordinance shall contain provisions for enrollment and disenrollment procedures, enrollment committees, applications, rejection notice, appeals, corrections and provisions for keeping the roll on a current basis.

Section 5. Persons who have been refused membership for one reason or another or who are subject to loss of membership shall have the right to redress and to be heard before the general council of the Hopland Band of Pomo Indians. Such a hearing shall be conducted at the next regularly scheduled general council meeting at which a quorum is present. Upon the completion of such a redress hearing, the tribal council shall abide by the majority will and the decision of the general council shall be final.

What makes matters even more ironic is the bottom of the Constitution, Trina Vega’s signature is on this very document! She is one of the 74 that was disenrolled, and she was immediately evicted from her home on the Rancheria when we got disenrolled. There was no 30 days notice for her eviction.

So the questions to you are-

  1. Are you listed on the Distribution List or Parcel Map?
  2. Is your parent listed?
  3. Is your grandparent listed?
  4. Is your great-grandparent listed?

If not, hm.

I’m still trying to see what this backdoor looks like.

Let’s go find some more spooky facts!

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