Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians


The Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians is a federally recognized tribe of Cahuilla Indians, located in Riverside County, California.[1][4]

Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians
Total population
Regions with significant populations
United States (California)
English, Cahuilla language[2]
traditional tribal religion,
Christianity (Roman Catholicism and Protestantism)[3]
Related ethnic groups
Cahuilla tribes


The Santa Rosa Indian Reservation, not to be confused with the Santa Rosa Rancheria, is a reservation in Riverside County in the Santa Rosa Mountains, near the town of Anza. It is 11,092 acres (44.89 km2) acres large.[1] It was established in 1907.[4]


The tribe's headquarters is located in Hemet, California. John Marcus is their current tribal chairperson.[5]


The federal government closely supervised Cahuilla after 1891. Government schools were opened for Cahuilla children and Protestant missionaries moved onto their reservation. During the 20th century, the tribe supported itself through cattle grazing and wage labor. Many members of the Santa Rosa band do not live on the reservation. In 1970, only 7 out of 61 enrolled tribal members lived on the reservation. Education and economic diversity has improved for the tribes since the 1970s.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "California Indians and Their Reservations." San Diego State University Library and Information Access. 2009. Retrieved 1 Nov 2012
  2. ^ Eargle, 111
  3. ^ a b Bean, 584-5
  4. ^ a b Pritzker, 120
  5. ^ "Tribal Governments by Area." Archived 2010-05-05 at the Wayback Machine National Congress of American Indians. (retrieved 19 February 2012)


  • Bean, Lowell John. "Cahuilla." Heizer, Robert F., volume ed. Handbook of North American Indians: California, Volume 8. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1978. ISBN 978-0-16-004574-5.
  • 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.

Further readingEdit

External linksEdit

  • Home page Santa Rosa Band
  • U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Santa Rosa Reservation

Coordinates: 33°33′23″N 116°31′45″W / 33.55639°N 116.52917°W / 33.55639; -116.52917