About Us

Tribal Agency
Northern Circle Indian Housing Authority is a Tribal Governmental Agency. It was established in 1980 to access, construct and manage housing for member Tribes. The Tribal governments that have appointed Northern Circle as their Tribally Designated Housing Entity participate in organizational decisions on the Board of Commissioners. Each member Tribe appoints two commissioners to the board.

Accomplishments and Awards
Northern Circle has worked with member tribes to develop, construct, and manage over 350 homes on 11 Reservations. Indian communities where housing development is planned or has been completed include Berry Creek, Guidiville, Hopland, Laytonville, Manchester/Point Arena, Mooretown, Pinoleville, Redwood Valley, Robinson, Sherwood Valley, Rumsey and Stewarts Point.

The development of housing for these tribes has, in most cases, doubled the previous on-site population, providing the nucleus for a cultural and social revitalization of these communities.
Our Management Department assists participants in understanding the requirements of the housing program that is guided by Federal program regulations. The Northern Circle Board and staff work jointly with Tribal Leaders to address community issues. It is our common goal to create safe and healthy communities for families to live in and raise their children.

In recognition of diverse Tribal housing needs Northern Circle and member tribes have developed comprehensive housing programs and services. These include off-reservation tenant based rental and down payment assistance programs and rehabilitation or replacement of homes both on and off reservation. We continue to identify funding sources and financing opportunities to provide housing assistance for families outside reservation boundaries.

NCIHA completes an independent audit of our organization and programs each year.  NCIHA is proud of the fact that we have had very clean audits over the past years with no findings or recommendations. 


  • USDA Rural Development Certificate of Distinguished Performance - 2003
  • Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition of Oustanding and Invaluable Service to Community - 2009
  • California State Assembly, Screaming Eagle Award - 2010
  • Certificate of Congressional Recognition - 2010
  • Certificate of Honor, City and County of San Francisco Office of the Assessor-Recorder - 2010
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Board of Commissioners
Meet the Board of Commissioners

NCIHA Committees and Committees Description

Chairperson: Brian Yepez, Hopland

Vice Chairperson:Melanie Rafanan, Sherwood Valley

Treasure: Janice Nevarez, Redwood Valley


Secretary, Delores Pady, Redwood Valley

Richard Martin, Berry Creek

Levi Brown, Berry Creek

Courtny Sanchez, Guidiville

Merlene Sanchez, Guidiville

Joe Sandiego, Hopland

Leslie Pike, Manchester Point Arena

, Manchester Point Arena


Kenny Clark, Mooretown

Marty Archuleta, Mooretown


EarlyJim James, Sherwood Valley


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To help Tribal Governments with the development of their communities. To do so in a way that is consistent with the Tribes social, cultural and economic values. To alleviate some of the effects of poverty by providing quality housing for Native Americans in Northern California.


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694 Pinoleville Drive, Ukiah CA 95482, (707) 468-1336, Fax (707) 468-5615