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Washoe Tribe of Nevada & California (Carson Colony, Dresslerville Colony, Woodfords Community, Stewart Community, & Washoe Ranches)


The  Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California are a federally recognized tribe of Washoe Indians, living in California and Nevada. They are several communities south and east of Lake Tahoe united under a tribal council. The tribe owns over 64,300 acres (26,000 ha) in different parcels.


Carson Colony

Established in 1917, the 16-acre community had 275 resident members in 1991. This colony is located in Carson City, Nevada and owns a gymnasium for recreation, youth programs, and hosting tribal events. They have four community representatives.

Dresslerville Colony

This is the largest Washoe community in population. 348 members lived there in 1991. It is located on 90 acres  in Gardnerville near the Gardnerville Ranchos. Most of the tribe's public buildings are here, including a community center, gymnasium, and park. They have five community representatives.

Stewart Community

Located at the south side of Carson City, this community was established in 1890, has 2,960 acres, with 90 members. They have the Stewart Community Center. Their five community representatives are chaired by Wanda Batchelor.

Washoe Ranch

This 95-acre  ranch in Carson Valley was purchased by the tribe in 1938 and 1940. There the tribe collectively raised hogs, sheep, and a herd of dairy cows. They grew potatoes and peaches. When farm production decreased in the 1950s, the land was temporarily leased to non-Native farmers.

Woodfords Community

The only community in California, Woodfords Community is located near Markleeville. They have the Woodfords Indian Education Center and a community center. Their five community representatives are chaired by DeAnn Roberts.  Established in 1970, the 80-acre community had 338 resident members in 1991.  As of the 2010 Census the population was 214

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