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Native American Studies

A guide for to assist with research on Native American histories, cultures, and communities.

Native Nations in the Mt. San Jacinto Community College District


Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians
The Pechanga Band, also called the Luiseño (Spanish Missionaries), and for a time Mission (California English) Indians, has been a sovereign government since before the United States came into existence. The Pechanga Band derives its authority to govern from the General Membership. Original aboriginal lands expanded far out from the traditional Luiseño center of Temecula, California. Today, the 5,500-acre Pechanga Reservation is located near Temecula being east of Interstate 15 and Highway 79 South. The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, along with over 560 other tribal governments throughout the United States including over 100 tribes in California, is a federally recognized political jurisdiction with governmental authority over its reservation land and people, similar in scope and authority to states.

Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians
Since time immemorial the descendants of the Soboba people are those whom have lived on and occupied the land that is presently known as the cities of San Jacinto, Hemet, Valle Vista and Winchester. Today the Soboba Indian Reservation lies in the lower reaches of the San Jacinto Mountains, across the San Jacinto River from the city of San Jacinto.
The reservation today encompasses nearly 7,000 acres, 400 of which are devoted to residential use.The Soboba Band has a current enrollment of approximately 1200 tribal members who are governed by an elected tribal council that consists of 5 tribal members.

Cahuilla Band of Indians
The Cahuilla Band of Indians is Mountain Cahuilla (Qawishpa Cahuillangnah), one of the original peoples of Southern California. The Mountain Cahuilla have lived in the high mountain valleys and canyons, running up from the Coachella Valley, San Gorgonio Pass, and San Jacinto Mountains region of Southern California since time immemorial.
The Cahuilla Band of Indians exercises its authority as a sovereign nation to provide for the welfare of its community of Members and future generations. The Tribal Government consists of the General Council and an elected five Member Tribal Council who represents Tribal matters.

Morongo Band of Mission Indians
The Morongo Band of Mission Indians is dedicated to contributing to the wellbeing of its Tribal Members by promoting economic vitality by creating and growing business opportunities, preserving the Tribe’s reservation and culture, and protecting the Tribe’s sovereignty while working with local, county, state, and federal governments in order to build a better today and work for a better tomorrow in the pursuit of self-determination. Set at the foot of the beautiful San Gorgonio and San Jacinto Mountains, the Morongo Indian Reservation spans more than 35,000 acres and overlooks the vistas of the Banning Pass. Resilient and resourceful, the Morongo tribe has had to overcome many adversities.