Famous Cahuilla Indians

John Joseph Andreas (Agua Caliente Cahuilla) – Baseball player.

Juan Antonio (1783–1863) – Cahuilla name: Cooswootna, Yampoochee, (He Gets Mad Quickly), was a major chief of the Mountain Band of the Cahuilla from the 1840s to 1863.

Chief Cabezon – lived in the Thermal-Mecca region, was recognized as a leader, or Cacique, by many of the Cahuillas and was given considerable authority by the Mexicans and Americans. His nominal control extended over Indians from the desert through the San Gorgonio Pass.

Gerald Clarke – Artist and educator, Cahuilla Band of Mission Indians.

Chief Antonio Garra – Chief of the San Diego Cupeño Indians

Katherine Siva Saubel (March 7, 1920 – November 1, 2011), scholar of Indian language and culture, co-founder of the Malki Museum, and former Los Coyotes tribal chairperson.

Tahquitz – An evil (Agua Caliente Cahuilla) shaman.


Leroy Alvarez – Baseball player.

Lee Arenas (Agua Caliente) – Was known as a star track athlete. He is said to have once outrun a horse-drawn buckboard in an eight-mile race through the desert from the train station to Palm Springs.

Mickey Mallory – Baseball player.

John Meyers – (Santa Rosa Cahuillia) – Baseball player. Catcher for both the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Nicknamed Chief Meyers.

Philip J. “Woodchuck” Welmas (1891–1968) – Professional NFL football player in the 1920s.

Notable tribal leaders who have been honored with “Golden Palm Stars” on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars include:

Richard Milanovich – Chairman of the Agua Caliente Band (deceased)

Flora Agnes Patencio – Cahuilla Indian elder

Ray Leonard Patencio – Cahuilla Indian leader

Peter Siva – Cahuilla Tribal Chairman
Cahuilla Indian Tribes

Also see:
Mission Indians

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians

Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians

Cabazon Band of Mission Indians

Cahuilla Band of Mission Indians of the Cahuilla Reservation

Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians

Morongo Band of Mission Indians

Ramona Band of Cahuilla Indians

Santa Rosa Band of Mission Indians

Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians