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“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Miwok of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 230

ROP3 Code: 106679
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: North American Peoples
People Cluster: North American Indigenous
Language: English - (eng)
Religion: Christianity - Protestant
Country of Origin: United States

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  , CA - 230

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Brief Profile

The Miwok (also known as the Miwuk, Mi-Wuk, or Me-Wuk), which in their mother tongue means the people, are a Native American people who reside in northern California. Historically, they consisted of four linguistically related groups:

  • Plains and Sierra Miwok: from tads western slope and foothills of the Sierra Nevada, the Sacramento Valley, San Joaquin Valley and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
  • Coast Miwok : from present day location of Marin County and southern Sonoma County. (This includes the Bodega Bay Miwok and Marin Miwok).
  • Lake Miwok: from Clear Lake basin of Lake County.
  • Bay Miwok: from present-day location of Contra Costa County.

Today 11 federally recognized tribes and 7 non-federally recognized tribes claim Miwok heritage consisting of 3,500 people in combination with other ethnic groups. However, the federal government only recognizes 230 people as being of Miwok descent, residing northeast of Modesta, California.

Non-Federally Recognized Miwok Tribes

  • Miwok Tribe of the El Dorado Rancheria
  • Nashville-Eldorado Miwok Tribe
  • Colfax-Todds Valley Consolidated Tribe of the Colfax Rancheria
  • Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation
  • Calaveras Band of Mi-Wuk Indians
  • Miwok of Buena Vista Rancheria
  • River Valley Miwok Indians, formally known as Historical Families of Wilton Rancheria

Prayer Points

  • Pray Miwok Christians grow strong in their faith and boldly share the gospel both among other Miwok and Native American peoples.
  • Pray God will call out Miwok cross-culturally to share Christ and plant churches.
  • Pray that Christians will minister to the physical and spiritual needs of Miwok people.

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