Native Americans in Yosemite History


     In the mid-1800’s some of the tribes in the greater Yosemite area were the Po-ho-nee-chees, the Po-to-en-cies, the Wil-tuc-um-nees, Noot-choos, Chow-chi’-las, Ho-naches, Me-woos, Monos and Chook-chan-ces. Today some of these names live on at Indian Casinos in the area.

     Today the National Park Service takes care to get the involvement of many tribes when they conduct projects that impact the park. Specifically, the following are consulted: American Indian Council of Mariposa County, Inc., Mono Lake Paiute Indian Community, Bishop Paiute Tribal Office, North Fork Mono Rancheria, Bridgeport Paiute Indian Colony, Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians, Mono Lake Utzadika’a Paiute Tribe and the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians.

   The park is building a new Indian meeting place next to Camp 4 on Northside Drive. They will hold their activities there.


Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Energy and persistence conquer all things.”  – Benjamin Franklin

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  1. Maureen L says:

    what about the Ahwaneechees ?

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