About Us

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.

Cahuilla history in stories and songs tells how the Cahuilla were given these lands as their homeland since the beginning of time by their Creator. The Cahuilla reservation of approximately 20,000 acres of Trust Land was established in 1875 and is located near Anza, California in what is now western Riverside County.

Our Mission

The Cahuilla Tribal Administration implements and enforces Tribal Law for the betterment of Cahuilla people, Tribal People, and the surrounding communities by protecting and exercising self-governing rights.

The Cahuilla Band of Indians believes that it must function for the greater benefit of the largest possible number of people and for future generations.

Our Values

We are interdependent

We trust one another and work as a team toward our common goals. We recognize that each of us has an equally important role in the community, and that we are stronger together than as individuals.

We are resilient

We look to the future with steadfast optimism, hope and faith in Our People. We adapt to change with persistence and determination. We engage in creative solutions and endure adversity with courage.

We are accountable

We are ultimately responsible for fulfilling our mission and serving Our People. We are reliable, work with integrity and lead by example. We honor our obligations and correct our mistakes.

We are respectful

We treat one another with dignity and kindness. We value and embrace our diversity, respect ourselves and understand boundaries. We approach each experience with gratitude and humility.

We are sovereign

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.

The Tribe seeks economic self-sufficiency in order to support the social and economic well-being of its Tribal Members. Some of the programs that have been implemented include Youth and Family events, a Tribal Library, Cultural classes, Scholarships, Fire Prevention, Environmental Protection, Public Works, Cahuilla Consortium Victim Advocacy Program, and Inter-Tribal Sports. Cahuilla operates a Casino and Mountain Sky Travel Center located on Highway 371 that provides some income to the programs and services Cahuilla offers. Stock raising and cattle ranching is a traditional enterprise on the reservation that some Members have continued in their families for decades.