The Cortina Indian Rancheria was established on June 26, 1907, by order of the Secretary of the Interior of the United States, setting aside 160 acres for the exclusive use of this band of Wintun Indians. Subsequently, Cortina acquired an additional 480 acres by order of the Secretary, on July 20th, 1907 to the Cortina Band of Wintun Indians, a federally recognized Tribe with a land base of 640 acres, located in north central California.


The Tribe is known as the Kletsel Dehe Wintun Nation.  Klet in our language is the name for ground squirrel.  Sel in "Kletsel" means tribe and is sometimes spelled and pronounced alternatively as "Sil".  Dehe, pronounced "Dee Hee" is the word for village or home place.  Kletsel Dehe can be translated as “Home of the Ground Squirrel Tribe”. 


The tribe is also referred to in historical documents as; Kletwin "Meaning ground squirrel people", Hill Patwin, & Southern Wintun.  The Tribe’s traditional territory includes a greater portion of southwestern Colusa County, covering more than 200 square miles.  The villages listed below are some of the recorded villages that were situated throughout our territory.


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Cortina Village