La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians

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22000 Hwy 76
Pauma Valley, CA 92061

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Cultural History

The La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians is a federally recognized Native American Tribe. The reservation, established in the year 1875, is already over one hundred thirty years old. This reservation area was created upon the signing of an Executive Order by then President of the United States Ulysses S. Grant. The reservation area, however, only formalized the recognition of the tribe as they claim to have existed for over a thousand years now. Their current reservation area encompasses not less than 9,998 acres of Federal Land. There are currently not less than seven hundred enrolled tribal members. The majority of the tribal land is considered undisturbed and unused. Most of these lands are likewise situated at the foot hills of the Palomar Mountain. There is also a semi-wilderness Reservation for this tribe. The other reservation area has the San Luis Rey River flowing through it. The other reservation is also blessed with natural springs.

Most of the tribal land is filed with Oak tress, as well as a majority of wild flowers, sage and other native plants. Oak tress are one of the most important resources in the whole of the reservation as it provides them with the food that they need to sustain their way of living. They are fond of eating acorn cooked as the wii wish which is one of the many other delicacies that they can make out of acorn. Aside from Oak trees, the reservation area is also blessed with several root crops, berries and other native seeds. There are also small and large game like the rabbit, deer and the woo rats 

The La Jolla Indain Reservation is the recognized reservation area allotted to the La Jolla Indian Band of LuiseƱo Indians. It is located in the Northern San Diego County, along the southern slopes of the Palomar Mountain. Their reservation is also near the Community of the Valley Center. The tribe, since its recognition, has organized their Tribal Council. Their Tribal Council is composed of a five members. The five positions held in the Tribal Council are the Chairperson, the Vice Chairperson, the Secretary, the Treasurer and one Council Member.

The Pomcha Fire has burned a large part of the tribal lands. Over 9,000 acres of the total reservation area were turned to ashes. Many Oak trees were lost, as well as not less than fifty five homes that were destroyed. Aside from this, there was also an approximate of thirty homes that suffered from the smoke damage. As a result, over one hundred eighty Tribal Members were left homeless as the telephone and electricity lines died along with the houses. The tribe is a non-gaming tribe thus; they do not have enough resources to sustain the needs of the people. These days, however, the tribe has plans of putting up a casino in addition to their camping ground enterprise.

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