Sid Madjarac, a Korean War veteran, was offered alternative housing by the Blue Lake Rancheria tribe, but when he discovered that other residents weren't offered a similar deal, he turned the rancheria down. Photo by Yulia Weeks
Sarah Hellen Studdert and granddaughter Sierra Buzzard at home in the Aiy-yu-kwee Mobile Home Park. Photo by Yulia Weeks
At a recent meeting of the Aiy-yu-kwee Mobile Home Park residents, they shared their stories and discussed their options. Resident Joe Batich, head bowed, listens. Photo by Yulia Weeks
Residents and members of the Blue Lake community walk en masse to the Blue Lake Rancheria's tribal office on Sunday, Jan. 13, for a meeting with the tribe's business council. Photo by Yulia Weeks
Security guards stand near the door to the rancheria's tribal office on Jan. 13. Only residents were allowed into the meeting with the tribe's business council, which lasted just 15 minutes. Even close family members were told to wait outside. Photo by Yu
Studdert's eviction letter. When asked about what criteria the tribe used to decide who received money, tribal administrator Arla Ramsey said she wasn't at liberty to say.
Bea Nix's eviction letter. Some residents were offered $5,000 if they agreed to voluntarily terminate their tenancy and vacate the premises by May 1. Others, such as Nix, were sent packing empty-handed.
On the Cover: Homes in Aiy-yu-kwee Mobile Home Park. Photos by Yulia Weeks