The Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians have lived in what is now Tehama County for countless generations. Although the influx of white settlers dramatically altered the environment and many aspects of the Tribe’s traditional ways of life, the Paskenta Band has always maintained its own culture and ties to this region.
In the 1950’s, the federal government terminated recognition of hundreds of Indian tribes in a misguided attempt to force assimilation. The Paskenta Band suffered this fate in 1959, and its Rancheria was sold to private parties. Despite the denial of federally recognized tribal status, the Paskenta Band maintained its tribal identity and culture while it worked for restoration as a Native American tribe. Finally in 1994, the federal government restored the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians to full tribal status.
Since then, the Tribe has moved quickly to develop a strong, diverse economic base for its 240 members and surrounding communities. In 2000, theTribe acquired a 2000-acre reservation near Corning, California and soon began construction of the Rolling Hills Casino. Revenues from the Casino will be used to help Tribal members turn their lives around and become self-sufficient. Revenues will also enable other economic development opportunities to be pursued in the future.
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