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Hoopa Valley Tribe
11860 Highway 96, Hoopa, CA 95546
P.O. Box 1348, Hoopa, CA 95546
The Native American Indian tribe of Hoopa Valley is from Northwestern California. The Hupa people settled in Hoopa Valley, California around 1000 AD after migrating from the North. They are one of California's earliest cultures.
The 85,445-acre Hoopa Valley Reservation in Humboldt County is the largest and most populous Indian reservation in the State of California. The Hupa share it with some Karuk, Chilula, Yurok, Whilkut, and other Indians. The Hoopa Valley Tribe adopted a constitution and bylaws in 1950. The reservation is generally self-sufficient. Timber, farming, and livestock constitute the main economic activities. The Hoopa Valley Tribe is a federally recognized tribal entity. Hupas maintain a strong tribal identity and sense of continuity with the past thanks, in part, to a continued presence in their homeland. They still practice many traditional customs, such as hunting, fishing, acorn gathering, basket and bead making, and two World Renewal dances. Hupa language is still spoken, particularly by older people. Children attend public school. However, the Hupa people seek complete political and economic control of their own affairs.