The La Posta Band of Mission Indians have their homeland under the shadow of 6,270-foot-high Mt. Laguna and at the eastern edge of Cleveland National Forest in a 3,756-acre park-like highland. La Posta has occasional residents, who value and guard their privacy. The one entry road is dusty or muddy, and is fenced off from intruders.
Official Tribal Name: La Posta Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of the La Posta Indian Reservation
Address: 8 1/2 Crestwood Rd., P.O. Box 1120, Boulevard CA 91905
Official Website: www.lptribe.net
Recognition Status: Federally Recognized
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State(s) Today: California
The Kumeyaays’ traditional territory encompassed what is now San Diego County.
Confederacy: Kumeyaay Nation -One of 13 bands.
Reservation: La Posta Indian Reservation
The La Posta Reservation spans 3,556.49 acres and is located in the Laguna Mountains, 56 miles east of San Diego and 46 miles west of El Centro. Located just west of the Manzanita and Campo Indian Reservations, the reservation is bordered on the southwest corner by Interstate 8.
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The tribe is governed by a General Council made up of tribal members who are over 21 years of age.
Charter: The reservation was established on February 10, 1893, under the authority of the Act of January 12, 1891. The band is organized under an IRA constitution that was approved on March 5, 1973.
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Number of Executive Officers: Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, and a Business Manager
Elected members serve two-year terms, and the general council meets twice a year.
Language Classification: Hokan =>Yuman
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The coastal country where the Kumeyaay lived and the Salton Sea margins contain archaeological evidence suggesting that they are some of the oldest known Indian-inhabited areas in the United States; middens, or refuse heaps, have been found that date back some 20,000 years.
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The Kumeyaay were organized along clan lines called Sh’mulq. The clans maintained complex familial, spiritual and militaristic alliances with each other. When threatened by an outside adversary the clans would come togther under a Kwachut G’tag to meet the threat. See Kumeyaay Bands
Related Tribes: See Kumeyaay Bands link, above.
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