Cabazon Band of Mission Indians

Mailing Address

84-245 Indio Springs Pkwy
Indio, CA 92203



Cultural History

The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians is composed of the descendants of the Chief Cabazon who was a renowned leader of the Desert Cahuilla Indians who were in existence from the 1830's up to the 1870's. It was during that time when the number of the tribal members was at six hundred. Likewise, because of their number, the tribe was also granted a reservation area located at the desert. The tribal land was two thousand four hundred acres fully divided into three parcels of raw desert in Southern Pacific Railroad. However, years later, they also claimed seven hundred acres of land in order for them to create a railroad which will serve as the interstate right-of-way. The tribal lands were then subject to other contracts that either increased or reduced the territory. There may have been fewer tribal members today, yet the traditions, customs and the other practices are still kept alive by the remaining members. There are only less than fifty five remaining tribal members, all of which are residing in the tribal reservation area. They take pride in the economic development, as well as the preservation of the tribal resources. The tribe has set forth on a journey towards the economic progress that they are aiming. With the determination and cooperation, the tribe is likely to achieve their goals.

The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians is looking positively for the tribal success through their projects. Their motto is "We are a people. We are a heritage. We are a nation." Their strong belief for the success is very much visible in their acts. The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians has a stable economy and governance. Their number is not a big issue for the members because they believe that the important thing is their culture, its preservation and the tribal relations. Every year, they come up with projects intended for the promotion of the tribal lands and facilities. 

They keep most of their traditions blooming though the annual powwows hosted by the tribe. It is during these powwows that they showcase their talents, their artistry and the traditions that have molded them into the people that they are today. The powwow is an annual event which the tourists love to watch. It is also an important time for the tribal families to get together and take some time off from their busy schedules. The tribal powwow is a major event which many members dare not miss. It is said to be a once in a lifetime experience for travelers as the traditional dances, songs and other prayers are performed for the masses. The tribe nowadays is busy with their enterprises which include jewelry businesses, weavings and basketries and bread shop among others.

Featured Tribal News

No featured news.