In 1927, although landless, the Muwekma were administratively dropped (along with approximately 135 other California Indian communities) from their Federally Recognized status by L.A. Dorrington, Superintendent of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) in Sacramento. This unilateral administrative termination was enacted contrary to BIA policy and without any notification or due process for the tribe.

Over the past 18 years, the Muwekma have politically, spiritually and culturally revitalized themselves and formed a formal tribal government in compliance with the Department of the Interior's criteria.