The Tejon Indian Tribe of California is a federally recognized tribe of Kitanemuk, Yokuts, and Chumash indigenous people of California.
Official Tribal Name: Tejon Indian Tribe
Recognition Status: Federally Recognized
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State(s) Today: California
Traditional Territory: Their ancestral homeland was in the southern San Joaquin Valley, San Emigdio Mountains, and Tehachapi Mountains.
Reservations: No reservation today. Sebastian Indian Reservation (1853-1864), also known as Tejohn Indian Reservation
The Sebastian Indian Reservation (1853-1864) was established in 1853 by Edward F. Beale on Rancho El Tejon lands, that became part of the Tejon Ranch. It was the first Indian reservation in California.
Land Area: At its establishment it was 763,000 acres large but was reduced to 25,000 acres. However, in 1863 Beale purchased Rancho El Tejon for his private use. 100 Indians stayed on his lands when the reservation was dissolved. Many Indians were forcibly relocated at gunpoint to a new reservation which was established near Porterville in Tulare County.
Tribal Headquarters: Wasco and Bakersfield, California
Population at Contact: Around 2,000.
Registered Population Today: About 734 enrolled members as of 2011.
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Bands, Gens, and Clans
- Big Sandy Rancheria of Mono Indians of California (F)
- Choinumni (U)
- Cold Springs Rancheria of Mono Indians of California (F)
- Dunlap Band of Mono Indians (a.k.a. Mono Tribal Council of Dunlap) (U)
- Mono Lake Indian Community (U)
- Northfolk Band of Mono Indians(U)
- North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California (F)
- Northern Band of Mono-Yokuts (U)
- Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians of California (California) (F)
- Santa Rosa Indian Community of the Santa Rosa Rancheria (F)
- Table Mountain Rancheria of California (Chukchansi) (F)
- Tejon Indian Tribe (F)
- Tule River Indian Tribe of the Tule River Reservation (F)
- Tuolumne Rancheria (F)
- Wukchumni (U)
- Yosemite Mono Lake Paiute Indian Community (U)
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