Tribal Government

Relocation Plan Proposed to Save the Capay Valley From Being Overrun in ‘Greenrush’

BROOKS, CA (March 10, 2021) – In a bid to protect the Capay Valley, a unique agricultural resource in Yolo County, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation has proposed creating a plan to help relocate cannabis production to more appropriate locations in the County. Representing just 8% of Yolo County’s land area, the Capay Valley has become overloaded with half of all cannabis production sites in the County. Meanwhile, the Valley’s unique topography and hard-to-reach location make it ill-suited for cannabis-related activities. 

Statement Against AAPIA Violence

The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation decries all hate crime in the strongest possible terms. We note with sorrow a rise in racial violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans in California, and around the Country. It is heartbreaking that this violence is so often aimed at the elders of those communities. This wrongheaded reaction to COVID-19 has no place in our society. Racism is a sickness in its own right. We have suffered from its effects and we remain committed to pursuing its cure.

Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation Mourns Passing of Tribal Elder

BROOKS, CA (December 30, 2020) – With deep sadness, the Tribal Council of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation announces the death of Marshall McKay following his battle with COVID-19.

Speaking as one, the Yocha Dehe Tribal Council issued the following statement:

NAUMD Names Yocha Dehe Fire Department Best Dressed

OMAHA, NE (June 15, 2020) – The North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors (NAUMD) has named the Yocha Dehe Fire Department one of the nation's best dressed. The California agency is one of five winners in NAUMD's Best Dressed Public Safety Award® Competition, an annual program that recognizes the important role uniforms play in law enforcement and public safety work. The awards honor both the departments and suppliers of the uniform program.

YDWN Swears in Rebecca Ramirez as New Fire Chief

BROOKS, CA (January 2, 2020) – The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation has sworn in Rebecca Ramirez as the new Fire Chief of the Yocha Dehe Fire Department (YDFD). She became YDFD’s third chief following the retirement of Chief Gary Fredericksen. “We are pleased to have Chief Ramirez join as the next leader of our Yocha Dehe Fire Department,” said Yocha Dehe Tribal Chairman Anthony Roberts. “Our team has known Chief Ramirez for many years as an effective partner in firefighting in our region. Her depth of experience and exemplary career made her stand out as the right choice as YDFD’s new chief.”

Information on the Highway 16 Infrastructure Project

BROOKS, CA (October 15, 2019) – Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation is conducting work along Hwy. 16 in Brooks to upgrade utility operations across its business, residential, government and agricultural properties. These include the Cache Creek Casino Resort, Séka Hills Olive Mill & Tasting Room and government offices.

Yocha Dehe Fire Provides Water Station for Animals During Power Shutdown

BROOKS, CA (October 8, 2019) – To aid farm and livestock operators who will lose access to water during this week’s announced Public Safety Power Outage by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), the Yocha Dehe Fire Department (YDFD) will set up a water filling operation at Vernon Nichols Park in Guinda. YDFD firefighters are deploying an emergency industrial pump to help fill containers from Cache Creek to provide water for local animals.

Newly Elected Tribal Council Member Takes Oath of Office

BROOKS, CA (June 27, 2019) – The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation has sworn Diamond Lomeli into office as its newest Tribal Council Member, following her election by the adult citizens of the Tribe. The five-member, democratically elected Yocha Dehe Tribal Council is the governing body of the Tribe. It oversees all areas of the Tribe’s government and business operations, evaluating and making final decisions on the recommendations of the Tribe’s departments and its citizen-directed committees and commission.

Firefighters’ Commitment to Service Recognized at 10th Annual Event

BROOKS, CA (May 2, 2019) – The firefighters of the Yocha Dehe Fire Department (YDFD) and its regional partner agencies were honored today by the Yocha Dehe Tribal Council, the citizens of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation and Yolo County community members and leaders at the tenth annual YDFD Awards Luncheon at the Fire Station in Brooks. The event also commemorated YDFD’s 15 years of service since its formation.

Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation Provides $2.6 Million to Esparto Unified School District

BROOKS, CA (May 2, 2018) – The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, through its Doyuti T’uhkama partnership, is providing $2.6 million to fund critical maintenance and infrastructure improvements for the Esparto Unified School District (EUSD).

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