Which 50 California Tribes Belong To The CNIGA?

Written By Rashid Mohamed on June 29, 2023 - Last Updated on July 6, 2023
CNIGA membership is up to 50 tribes in California thanks to two new partnerships, from playca.com

Last week, the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians and the Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians became the newest members of the California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA).

The addition of these two memberships follows a recent trend of expansion for the organization, seeing it grow from 34 tribes in 2019 to 50 today.

Nearly all CNIGA tribes (44 of 50) are classified as gaming tribes, putting 70% of all gaming tribes in California under the organization’s mandate. 

The 50 tribes of CNIGA

CNIGA is the largest association of tribal governments dedicated to the protection of the inherent right to have gaming on tribal lands. 

Below are listed all the 50 tribes now part of CNIGA:

  1. Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians
  2. Alturas Indian Rancheria
  3. Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians
  4. Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria
  5. Big Sandy Rancheria
  6. Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians
  7. Bishop Tribe
  8. Blue Lake Rancheria
  9. Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians
  10. Cachil DeHe Band of Wintum Indians of the Colusa Indian Community
  11. Cahto Tribe of the Laytonville Rancheria
  12. Cahuilla Band of Indians
  13. Chemehuevi Indian Tribe
  14. Chicken Ranch Rancheria 
  15. Elk Valley Rancheria
  16. Enterprise Rancheria 
  17. Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria
  18. Greenville Rancheria
  19. Ione Band of Miwok Indians of California
  20. Karuk Tribe of California
  21. Koi Nation of Northern California
  22. Middletown Rancheria of Pomo Indians
  23. Mooretown Rancheria
  24. Morongo Band of Mission Indians
  25. North Fork Rancheria
  26. Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians
  27. Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians
  28. Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians
  29. Pit River Tribe
  30. Redding Rancheria
  31. Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians
  32. San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians
  33. Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians
  34. Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians
  35. Sherwood Valley Rancheria
  36. Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians
  37. Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians
  38. Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation
  39. Table Mountain Rancheria
  40. Tachi Yokut of Santa Rosa Rancheria
  41. Tejon Indian Tribe
  42. Tolowa Dee-ni Nation
  43. Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians
  44. Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians
  45. Tyme Maidu Tribe – Berry Creek Reservation
  46. Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians
  47. Wilton Rancheria
  48. Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation
  49. Yuhaviatam of San Manuel Nation
  50. Yurok Tribe

CNIGA’s recent growth

Much of CNIGA’s recent growth has taken place under the leadership of CNIGA Chairman James Siva, who became head of the organization in 2019. 

“I am pleased to welcome Paskenta and Big Valley to the CNIGA family of tribes,” Siva said in a statement announcing the news. “Their additions strengthen our voice on gaming and sovereignty issues in California and help ensure that tribal voices will be heard in the halls of power.”

CNIGA Vice Chairman Mike Lopez also went on record lauding his chief’s managerial touch.

“Chairman Siva has created a welcoming environment and has created a respectful space for tribes to express their views, even when they conflict with the majority,” Lopez said in the release. “He makes sure all voices are heard. I think tribes recognize this, and that is why so many have joined or re-joined the organization.”


Established in 1988, CNIGA is a non-profit organization made up of federally recognized tribal governments. The organization represents 61 tribal gaming operators in California and is dedicated to defending Indian gaming on federally recognized Indian territories.

CNIGA functions as a planning and coordinating agency for legislative, policy, legal and communications initiatives, as well as an industry forum for information and resources.

The main goal of the organization is to promote, defend and maintain the general welfare and interest of Indian tribes by establishing solid laws and practices for the conduct of gaming activities.

The organization lends a helping hand to Indian tribes and the federal government by providing technical support to Indian gaming business, particularly when that assistance benefits the association’s members and the Indian gaming community collectively. 

Another task the organization fulfills is the dissemination of information to the Indian gaming community, the federal and state governments, as well as the general public. 

Photo by Shutterstock.com
Rashid Mohamed Avatar
Written by
Rashid Mohamed

Rashid Mohamed is an international journalist with a special interest in sports writing. He is a Poli-Sci graduate of Ohio University and holds an A.A.S in Journalism. He has worked in a number of countries and has extensive experience in the United Nations as well as other regional, national, and international organizations. Rashid lives and writes out of Denver, Colorado.

View all posts by Rashid Mohamed
Privacy Policy