Download your Buffalo letter request form here. 

You will need to send it into the BIA.  

Please let us know if you have sent one to the BIA and are waiting on the letter.

Sign-up here to have access to

El Dorado Nisenan-MeWuk genealogy  records.

  • To become a member of the Tribe you will need to fill out a Wopumnes Membership Application that will be reviewed by the enrollment committee.

  • The Wapumnes Shingle Springs Miwok are a very well documented Tribe
    with a long established history in their ancestral territory of El Dorado County.


  • All members of the Wopumnes Nisenan-Mewuk Nation have verifiable ancestral lineage to the indigenous native signers of the 1934 IRA and Indian Census of 1870, 1880, 1890, 1900, 1910, 1920 for El Dorado County.

Other References: website link to genealogy.

Membership Applications
Most Wopumnes Tribal families have had continuous residency in El Dorado County since recorded history in the 1700s.

If you would like to formally apply to the Wopumnes Tribe you must fill out the applications, provide documentation and be traceable to four of the five sources:

1)  California Indian Roll Numbers (1928 CIJA, El Dorado County) 
2)  El Dorado County Federal Census for four continuous decades prior to 1940
3)  The Kelsey Census of 1905-6 for El Dorado County
4)  The John Terrell Census and letters for El Dorado County (1915-17)
5)  1851 Treaty of Cosumnes River
6)  Voters of the 1934 IRA for Shingle Springs Rancheria, El Dorado County

Your documentation and application will be verified by our
Genealogical Historian and then sent for Tribal Council Approval.