La Posta Band of Diegueno Mission Indians

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La Posta Band
of Diegueno Mission Indians
Total population
52 enrolled members[1]
Regions with significant populations
 United States ( California)
Kumeyaay,[2] Tipai[3] English
Traditional tribal religion,
Christianity (Roman Catholicism)[4]
Related ethnic groups
other Kumeyaay tribes, Cocopa,
Quechan, Paipai, and Kiliwa

The La Posta Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of the La Posta Reservation is a federally recognized tribe of Kumeyaay Indians,[4] who are sometimes known as Mission Indians.


The La Posta Reservation (32°44′04″N 116°23′28″W / 32.73444°N 116.39111°W / 32.73444; -116.39111) is a federal Indian reservation located within the southern Laguna Mountains west of Boulevard, in eastern San Diego County, California. It is less than 10 miles (16 km) north of the US-Mexico Border. The reservation is 3,556 acres (14.39 km2) large with a population of approximately 18.[1] The reservation borders the Cleveland National Forest and is accessed only by one unpaved road that is usually fenced off to prevent trespassers.[3]

It was established in 1893.[5] In 1973, none of the 4 enrolled members lived on the reservation.[2]


The La Posta Band is headquartered in Boulevard. They are governed by a democratically elected tribal council. Gwendolyn Parada is their current tribal chairperson.[6]

Economic development[edit]

The tribe owned and operated the La Posta Casino and Marie's Restaurant in Boulevard which closed in 2012.[7]



  1. ^ a b "California Indians and Their Reservations: P." SDSU Library and Information Access. (retrieved 2 June 2010) Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "sdsu" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  2. ^ a b Shipek, 612
  3. ^ a b Eargle, 206
  4. ^ a b Pritzker, 147
  5. ^ Pritzker, 146
  6. ^ "Tribal Governments by Area." National Congress of American Indians. (retrieved 2 June 2010)
  7. ^ "La Posta Casino." 500 Nations.(retrieved 2 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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