By: Josh Brodleit | December 03 2015

November 10, 2015

Doug Elmets
(916) 329-9180

Chico, Calif. – The Mechoopda Indian Tribe has reelected its Vice Chairperson, Member at Large, and elected a new Tribal Treasurer.

Sandra Knight who has served on the Mechoopda Tribal Council for twenty years continues as Vice Chairperson. Knight is a member of the Northern Valley Indian Health Board and serves as Business Development Liaison for the project. Knight’s focus is on tribal sovereignty and self-determination.

“My work with the Mechoopda Tribal Council is to see to it that our dreams of economic self-sufficiency continue to unfold,” said Knight. “This Tribal Council will be no different from past councils, as our passion for providing for our tribal members is central to our philosophy.”

Cassy Wilson continues her service as Tribal Member at Large. Wilson is an advocate for issues vital to the longevity of the Tribe and its rich cultural history.

Robyn Forristel will serve as the newly elected Treasurer. Forristel has served fifteen years on the Tribal Council as well as on the Mechoopda Enrollment, Personnel and Election Committees. Forristel was instrumental in the drafting of Mechoopda’s constitution and subsequent submittal to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The Mechoopda Tribal Council is comprised of seven Tribal members who are elected by a General Membership made up of all Tribal members ages 18 and older. Elections are held every two years.

Mechoopda was a village community formerly located on Little Butte Creek, about 3 ½ miles south of today's downtown Chico. The people of Mechoopda spoke a language related to Maidu, one of the more than 175 languages and dialects once spoken in native California. After twenty-five years of exile, the Mechoopda officially became federally re-recognized as a tribe in 1992 as the result of a successful lawsuit filed against the United States in 1986.