Native American Studies, primarily in Northern California

Native American

This page contains reference materials specifically focused on Native American Studies, primarily in Northern California. The content focuses on interaction between Butte County tribes and some Northern California tribes with the settlers, the reservation system and the military as reported in local papers mostly in Red Bluff and Oroville. There is little information included about culture and mythology as numerous books have been written on the subject and there are better informed sources than is available in these archives dealing with that aspect of their lives. We deal very little with mission life but recommend a book by Randall Milliken who holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology “A Time of Little Choice“, a detailed study of mission life in the Bay Area which gives some interesting observation based on his 1976 studies of mission records. It was first issued as a thesis.

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The Native American Timeline Contains 804 Entries

Note: The actual Native American newspaper articles are in the Newspaper Archives section (Newspapers, Deaths and Births). A copy of this index is available there as well.

Reference Materials

Excerpts from Bureau of Indian Affairs Reports

Other Reference Materials

1851 Proposed Treaty Signed at Bidwell’s Ranch

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Note: This treaty was signed but never ratified by Congress