Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians

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Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeño Indians
Total population
Regions with significant populations
 United States ( California)
English, Cahuilla language[2]
traditional tribal religion
Christianity (Roman Catholicism)[3]
Related ethnic groups
other Cahuilla and Cupeño tribes

Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeño Indians of the Los Coyotes Reservation is a federally recognized tribe of Cahuilla and Cupeño Indians, who are Mission Indians located in California.[4]


Los Coyotes Reservation (33°17′52″N 116°33′22″W / 33.29778°N 116.55611°W / 33.29778; -116.55611) is located in northeastern San Diego County.[4] Of 288 enrolled tribal members, about 74 live on the reservation.[1] It was founded in 1889.[3]

Their reservation is the largest in San Diego County. Located at an 80-mile (130 km) drive from San Diego, the land sits between Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and the Cleveland National Forest.[1]


Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeño Indians is headquartered in Warner Springs, California. They are governed by a democratically elected tribal council. Their current tribal spokesperson is Shane Chapparosa.[5]


The Cahuilla and Cupeño languages are closely related and are part of the Takic language family. Cupeño and Cahuilla are endangered. Alvino Siva, an enrolled tribal member and a fluent Cahuilla language speaker, died on June 26, 2009. He preserved the tribe's traditional bird songs, sung in the Cahuilla language, by teaching them to younger generations of Cahuilla people.[6]

Notable tribal members[edit]

  • 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


  1. ^ a b c "Los Coyotes Indian Reservation." Kuumeyaay Information Village. (retrieved 17 May 2010)
  2. ^ Eargle, 111
  3. ^ a b Pritzker, 120
  4. ^ a b California Indians and Their Reservations. San Diego State University Library and Information Access. 2010 (retrieved 17 May 2010)
  5. ^ "Tribal Governments by Area." Archived 2010-05-05 at the Wayback Machine. National Congress of American Indians. (retrieved 12 May 2010)
  6. ^ Waldner, Erin. "Cahuilla elder, one of last fluent in language, dies." The Press-Enterprise. 9 July 2009 (retrieved 17 May 2010)


  • Eargle, Jr., Dolan H. California Indian Country: The Land and the People. San Francisco: Tree Company Press, 1992. ISBN 0-937401-20-X.
  • Pritzker, Barry M. A Native American Encyclopedia: History, Culture, and Peoples. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. ISBN 978-0-19-513877-1.

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