La Posta Indian Band of Kumeyaay Indians

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1120
Boulevard, CA 91905

Contact Information

619-478-2113

Website

http://www.kumeyaay.com/

Casino(s)

Cultural History

The La Posta Indian Band of Kumeyaay Indians is a part of the huge nation of Kumeyaay Indians. They are known to be seasonal hunters, feeding on the salmon and other water fowls. The Band is one of the several other Bands of the Kumeyaay Indians that are scattered around the San Diego Coastal region. The Band's settlements are scattered in the east through the Cuyamaca and the Laguna Mountains while some of the others are way beyond the Salton Sea in the east and some at the south beyond that of the current-day Ensenada in Mexico. The La Posta Indian Band of Kumeyaay Indians is one of the other bands who speak different dialects, based on the tribal location of choice. The La Posta Band of Kumeyaay Indians is actually one of those who were also known to be hunters. They fished in the bay, gathered some grunion and mollusks on the beach. They also hunted a small game like the rabbits. The La Posta people also relied to the picking of the wild fruits, the berries and some staple acorns. Aside from these, they also engaged in the primitive horticultural activities which were away from the coastal regions that they were in. There is an approximate number of one thousand to two thousand persons in the band and they are the primary controllers of the twenty miles of river drainage. The Band has their winter homes built to support those cold winter nights. During the winter, they feed on the berries collected and preserved. The La Posta people are known to be family oriented, and so they are said to have loved the winter nights and dedicated those for family affairs and meetings with their neighbors. They were friendly people, and there were some records that show they traded with their neighbors. There were no signs of animosity instead; there was harmony in the tribal territory and the area of which these people settled in.

The tribe was not very much affected by the Spanish Missionaries. Despite the continuous efforts to baptize the Band people, still, not many were baptized. There were some who chose their primitive way of praying while some converted to Christianity. The Band has a colorful tradition, and it shows very well in the Band's form of ceremonies. Their ceremonies are always filled with music, colors and dancing. They also have their traditional stories which have been handed down from generation to generation. The tribe had their staple food cooked in a distinct way, which is one of their valued characteristics.

The La Posta Band of Indians of today are composed of the Tribal Council Members namely Gwendolyn Parada, the Chairperson, David Lachappa, the Vice Chairperson, James Hill, the Secretaty/Treasurer, Richard Estrada and Victor Estranda who are general council members. Their tribal office is located on the Crestwood Road in California. They are the primary in charge of the operations of the newly opened casino as well as some other enterprises such as a restaurant and convenience store.