Inaja Band of Diegueno Mission Indians

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Inaja Band
of Diegueno Mission Indians
Total population
Regions with significant populations
 United States ( California)
Ipai,[3] Kumeyaay,[4] English
Traditional tribal religion,
Christianity (Roman Catholicism)[5]
Related ethnic groups
other Kumeyaay tribes, Cocopa,
Quechan, Paipai, and Kiliwa

The Inaja Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of the Inaja and Cosmit Reservation is a federally recognized tribe of Kumeyaay Indians,[5] who are sometimes known as Mission Indians.


The Inaja and Cosmit Reservation (33°00′38″N 116°38′30″W / 33.01056°N 116.64167°W / 33.01056; -116.64167) is a federal Indian reservation located in eastern San Diego County, California, near Julian. The reservation is 880 acres (3.6 km2) large with a population of approximately 15.[1] The reservation consists of two parcels of land, one Inaja, the other Cosmit, that sit at the base the Cuyamaca Peak and is accessed only by one unpaved road that is usually fenced off to prevent trespassers. Older houses exist at Inaja, but harsh winter conditions and lack of facilities hinder development. Cosmit used to have residences and tribal dances and fiestas in years past.[4]

The reservation was established in 1875.[2] In 1973, none of the 21 enrolled members lived on the reservation.[3]


The Inaja Band is headquartered in Escondidio. They are governed by a democratically elected tribal council. Rebecca Maxcy Osuna is their current tribal chairperson.[6]

The tribe's Department of Housing and Urban Development received a $20,881 grant to rehabilitate tribal housing to make them more energy efficient, under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[7]


  1. ^ a b "California Indians and Their Reservations: I." SDSU Library and Information Access. (retrieved 3 June 2010)
  2. ^ a b Pritzker, 146
  3. ^ a b Shipek, 612
  4. ^ a b Eargle, 206
  5. ^ a b Pritzker, 147
  6. ^ "Tribal Governments by Area." National Congress of American Indians. (retrieved 3 June 2010)
  7. ^ Inaja Cosmit Band of Mission Indians. StimulusWatch. (retrieved 3 June 2010)


  • Eargle, Jr., Dolan H. Northern California Guide: Weaving the Past and Present. San Francisco: Tree Company Press, 2000. ISBN 0-937401-10-2.
  • 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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