The Middletown Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California (the “Tribe”) was established with the purchase of one hundred eight (108) acres of land, initiated by members of the small Tribe in July of 1910. The Tribe was appropriated by the Congressional Act for California landless Indians in 1906. The original ancestors of the Middletown Rancheria, also known as Lake Miwok Indians, found themselves landless and homeless during the 1800’s, and new comers settled in the area of Middletown and throughout Lake County.
With the establishment of the Middletown Rancheria at the turn of the century, members of other Tribal groups, such as Pomo, Wappo and Wintun joined with the People of the Tribe, either through marriage or customary adoption. The native language of the Tribe is Lake Miwok and Pomo. The original five families comprises the present Tribal Membership of 149 recognized adult Tribal Members, which is the General Council, and 117 recognized Tribal minor children. The Middletown Rancheria’s entire membership is 266 Tribal Members. There are approximately 25 families that reside on the Rancheria and Tribal Members reside in Middletown, Lake County area, throughout California, and various states across the United States.