Mesa Grande Band of Diegueno Mission Indians

The Mesa Grande Band of Diegueño Mission Indians of the Mesa Grande Reservation is a federally recognized tribe of Kumeyaay Indians,[4] who are sometimes known as Mission Indians.

Mesa Grande Band
of Diegueño Mission Indians
Total population
630 enrolled members[1]
Regions with significant populations
United States (California)
Ipai,[2][3] English
Traditional tribal religion,
Christianity (Roman Catholicism)
Related ethnic groups
other Kumeyaay tribes, Cocopa,
Quechan, Paipai, and Kiliwa


The Mesa Grande Reservation (33°05′19″N 116°45′07″W) is a federal Indian reservation located in eastern San Diego County, California, near Santa Ysabel. Founded in 1875,[4] the reservation is 1,803 acres (7.30 km2) large. Approximately 180 of the 630 members of the tribe live on the reservation.[1] In 1973, 24 out of 261 enrolled tribal members lived on the reservation.[2]

The reservation was featured in the 1936 film Ramona.[5]


The Mesa Grande Band is headquartered in Mesa Grande CA. They are governed by a democratically elected tribal council. Michael Linton is their current tribal chairperson.[6]


  1. "California Indians and Their Reservations: M. SDSU Library and Information Access. (retrieved 27 May 2010)
  2. Shipek, 612
  3. Eargle, 118-9
  4. Pritzker, 146-7
  5. Schneider, Jerry L. (2016). Western Filming Locations California Book 6. CP Entertainment Books. Page 5. ISBN 9780692722947.
  6. "Tribal Governments by Area." Archived 2010-05-05 at the Wayback Machine National Congress of American Indians. (retrieved 27 May 2010)


  • Eargle, Jr., Dolan H. California Indian Country: The Land and the People. San Francisco: Tree Company Press, 1992. ISBN 0-937401-20-X.
  • Pritzker, Barry M. A Native American Encyclopedia: History, Culture, and Peoples. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. ISBN 978-0-19-513877-1.
  • Shipek, Florence C. "History of Southern California Mission Indians." Handbook of North American Indians. Volume ed. Heizer, Robert F. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1978. 610-618. ISBN 0-87474-187-4.
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