Photo courtesy of Bradley Marshall
Photo courtesy of the Warrior Institute
The Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation, located in far northern California, lies 300 miles north of San Francisco, 64 miles northeast of Eureka and 90 miles south of the Oregon border. The reservation totals 92,000 acres of primarily timber and agricultural land and is the largest Reservation in California. The Trinity River runs through the valley with forestlands covering the surrounding mountains including the Trinity Alps.
The latest census information shows a population of 3,494 with 80.5% identified as American Indian.
Neighboring Tribes include the Yurok, Karuk, Tolowa, Chilula and Whilkut. The Hoopa Valley Tribe is the largest employer on the reservation with the Klamath Trinity Unified School District being the second largest employer. The reservation has a public elementary school that houses K-8 grades and a public high school with over 1,000 students.
The Hoopa Valley Tribe governs the jurisdiction of the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation. The governing Tribal Council includes a Chairperson and representatives from seven of the traditional village sites on the reservation. The Chairperson and Council members are elected by the tribal membership and serve staggered two year terms.
The Hoopa Valley is known for its beauty, great recreation, and mild climate for hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, sun worship, river rafting, snow sledding, gardening, photography, bird watching, and proximity to the coastal activities for beach combing, swimming, and surfing.