Our History

Tuolumne Me-Wuk Indian History

Establishing Tuolumne Me-Wuk Indian Health Center

With the objective of providing high-quality health care services to Tribal members and the community of Tuolumne County, the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians opened the Tuolumne Health Center in 2005. The Health Center has since expanded and continues to grow to meet the needs of our community.

Timeline

2003 – Tuolumne Me-Wuk Indian Health Center was incorporated
2004 – Completed construction of our Medical Building in Tuolumne
2005 – Began providing Primary Care services in Tuolumne
2006 – Began providing Counseling and Behavioral Health services in Tuolumne
2006 – Opened our Pharmacy in Tuolumne
2007 – Completed expansion of our Counseling and Behavioral Health services in Tuolumne
2008 – Opened our Primary Care Center in Sonora
2008 – Opened our Dental Center in Sonora
2008 – Completed expansion of our Pharmacy in Tuolumne
2009 – Implemented our Electronic Health Record (EHR)
2012 – Opened MEWU:YA, The Family Healing Place, providing Substance Abuse Recovery Services in Tuolumne
2014 – Began providing Specialty Services in Sonora
2017 – Opened Tribal Elder’s Center in Tuolumne
2017 – Completed expansion of our Dental Center in Sonora
2021 – Opened our Physical Therapy Center in Sonora
2021 – Completed expansion of Behavioral Health services to Sonora
2022 – Purchased and opened a new Administration building at 905 Mono Way, Sonora

The Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians

The Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians is a federally recognized Indian tribe located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in Tuolumne County, California. The Tuolumne Rancheria was purchased on October 26,1910 and established as out of two local reservations for landless Indians. The original acquisition consisted of 289.52 acres. Today there are over 1700 fee and trust land acres. There are approximately 200 residents living on the Rancheria and an additional 200 non- resident members of the tribe. They continue to fight assimilation and advocates cultural event participation, knowledge and utilization of traditional methodology, self-determination and Indian sovereignty.

The Me-Wuk culture is alive and still widely practiced. There are traditional events that have been created to keep the traditions alive. The annual Acorn Festival, attracts people from all area to celebrate local traditions.

To learn more about the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians visit www.mewuk.com.

Tuolumne Me-Wuk Indian History