Round Valley Indian Tribes

A Sovereign Nation of Confederated Tribes
Tribal Territory Since Time Began

Enterprises of the Round Valley Indian Tribes

Golden Oaks Motel

The Golden Oaks Motel is situated in the heart of beautiful Round Valley, along Highway 162 in Covelo, CA. Purchased by the Round Valley Indian Tribes, the Golden Oaks Motel was extensively renovated and remodeled to provide you a quiet, comfortable resting place while visiting this picturesque valley we call home. With 17 rooms modeled in three different styles, we can surely accommodate all your needs. For more information and to make reservations to stay, please visit the Golden Oaks Motel Website

Hidden Oaks Casino

The Hidden Oaks Casino was developed by the Round Valley Tribal Council in 2007. Located in the remote North East corner of Mendocino County on the beautiful Round Valley Indian Reservation, the Hidden Oaks Casino brings much needed employment to the citizens of the Round Valley Indian Tribes and neighboring town of Covelo.

Currently, the Hidden Oaks Casino is a Class-II gaming facility with many exciting games similar to Class-III. Since it’s inception, the Hidden Oaks Casino has contributed to youth programs, social services, education needs and more for the Round Valley community.

For more information about Hidden Oaks Casino, please visit the Website.

Hidden Oaks Convenience Store and Fuel Station

The Hidden Oaks Convenience Store has now been open for 2 years, and the gas pumps have been up and running for almost a year. It provides beverages and Gas to the community, as well as food such as low cost Pizza eggs and other snack foods.

C-Store phone number: 1-707-983-6106

Hidden Oaks RV Park

The Hidden Oaks RV Park has been in continued development for many years, but a lot of work has been done in the most recent year. The Tribe is working to get adequate power around the entire park, we have RV hookup locations coming, tent camping, 4 cabins, 2 duplexes, 2 Baseball Diamonds, a Concert Stage, we increased the size of our arbor, and we are working on fixing our rodeo grounds, bathrooms and increasing the natural beauty of the area. Keep coming back for more information as we continue to develop our RV Park.

Phase I – Feasibility Study

Background/ Purpose:

The Round Valley Indian Tribes (RVIT), in collaboration with the Department of Interior (DOI), is evaluating the feasibility of siting a community-scale bioenergy facility in Round Valley. Targeted biomass feedstock for the bioenergy facility includes sustainably available forest biomass material from local hazardous fuels treatment and forest management activities. RVIT believes that this project can address significant needs of the Round Valley community including:

  • Economic development projects that will provide living-wage, long-term jobs and revenue that can be used to meet an array of Tribal needs.
  • Biomass utilization projects that reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire, improve forest health, and improve local air quality.
  • Increased energy security through local distributed generation of sustainable renewable power providing enough electricity for approximately 3,000 households.

Project Team:

TSS Consultants has been selected as the primary contractor to carry out the technical and economic aspects of the Feasibility Study. Judith Harwood of Triple Bottom Line Solutions and Bruce Hilbach-Barger, a local Round Valley resident, will perform project management/oversight on behalf of the RVIT. The “Project Team” will consist of TSS, the project managers, a Tribal GIS expert, representatives from the Tribes’ Natural Resources Department, and representatives from the Tribal Council.

Project Goals:

  1. Utilize sustainably available forest biomass.
  2. Create living-wage jobs and revenue for the RVIT.
  3. Reduce the potential for catastrophic wildfire in the Round Valley region.
  4. Improve power distribution stability through local distributed generation, using sustainable and renewable resources as a primary feedstock.
  5. Support forest health improvement activities and a long-term market for excess forest biomass material.
  6. Find local applications and utilization opportunities for biochar, generated as a byproduct from facility operations that will in turn contribute to local economic development

Project Phases and Timeline:

The Phase I- Feasibility Study will begin in December 2014 and will be completed by May 2015. During this time period, project managers will pursue funding for additional pre-construction phases. The bioenergy facility development, construction, and commissioning is expected to take 3-5 years if the project is found to be feasible.

Community Involvement:

Two community outreach events are scheduled as part of the Phase I - Feasibility Study. Announcements for these events will be made via local community radio and posted on this website.

You can download a printable version of this information at the following link: Printable Bio-Mass Phase 1 Info


Last modified: December 19 2014.