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Systems Building and Early Care in a Rural Native American Community

by Kim Nall
March/April 2017
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On November 23, 1941 the Constitution and By-laws for the Cachil Dehe Band of Wintun Indians of the Colusa Indian Community were ratified and adopted by the Tribe’s original 45 members. At the time of ratification, the Colusa Indian Community resided in the heart of Northern California’s agricultural land on an 80-acre reservation. This original site stretched along the bountiful Sacramento River, about four miles north of the Colusa city limits. Two years later the Tribe’s land increased an additional 210 acres, just one mile south of the original reservation. It is at this location where the current Colusa Casino and Cachil Dehe Village Complex stand today. It is from these beginnings that the Colusa Indian Community has grown and prospered to its current 84 members.

There is much to be grateful for within the Colusa Indian Community. The same pride and determination that was put into preserving their history is also mirrored throughout the community and one of its main priorities over the years has been developing educational supports. Investing in the future and setting a strong foundation for their youth is a priority for the community.

In 2003, the Colusa Indian Community Council grew their dream to provide and expand the ...

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