Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians
The tribal land belonging to the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians will now be recognized with two new highway signs along the Interstate 5.
“This is just one of the projects we’re working on together in our continuing partnership with Caltrans,” said Andrew “Dru” Alejandre, chairman of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians. “Through close collaboration, we continue to find ways we can work together and partner on projects important to the tribe and the community.”
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 2 have placed two 19 foot by 8 foot signs on northbound and southbound Interstate 5 near the Liberal Avenue exit (exit 628) to designate lands belonging to the Tribe.
The boundaries of the Nomlaki lands were significantly reduced with the arrival of the Europeans, but once stretched well into the Sacramento Valley, which included most of present day Tehama County. The original trails through the Mendocino National Forest and those connecting the valley and mountains were orginally cleared and utilized by the Nomlaki. Many of these trails have today evolved into heavily-utilized highways in both Tehama and Glenn Counties.
“We’re very excited to be able to install a sign that will tell the traveling public that we have an important land base here as we’ve had for many years,” said Natasha Magana, Council Member at Large. “Too often we’ve heard friends and others ask where our reservation is located. Now they will know.”
Spencer Joseph from Action News Now, working with CalTrans District 2, posted the sign going up on his Twitter account.
About Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians
The Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians is a federally-recognized sovereign nation in Northern California with a deep tradition of resiliency, revitalized culture and a strong vision for the future. In 1959 the Eisenhower Administration terminated the Tribe’s federal recognition, and it wasn’t until 1994 that the Paskenta Band was re-recognized. Receiving full tribal status enabled the Tribe to embark on its mission to develop a strong, diverse economic base for its nearly 300 members and surrounding communities. The Tribe now operates several enterprises including Rolling Hills Casino, the Links at Rolling Hills, the Equestrian Center at Rolling Hills, the Rolling Hills Clinics, and Tepa Companies. These ventures enable the Tribe to provide many employment opportunities, and enhance health, safety and education for its members and surrounding communities.