Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians

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The Rincon flag next to the California flag and US flag.

The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians are a federally recognized tribe of Luiseño who live on the Rincon Indian Reservation in the Valley Center CDP, San Diego County, California. It is one of six such tribes in Southern California that are composed of Luiseño people.[1] The Luiseño are considered one of the groups of the California Mission Indians.

The band developed the Harrah's Resort Southern California (previously known as Harrah's Rincon Resort and Casino) that is located on the reservation, as well as Rincon Reservation Road Brewery, the first tribally-owned craft brewery in Southern California. The tribe is a member of the Indian Health Council, which runs a health clinic on the reservation, adjacent to the casino.[2]


Rincon Indian Reservation lies in northeastern San Diego County, along the San Luis Rey River.[3] The reservation was established in 1875, near the

Payomkawichum village of Wáșxa.

California State Route 76 was constructed north of the reservation. The total area of the reservation is 4,275 acres (1,730 ha).[3]

The population on the reservation is around 1,500.[3] In the 2010 census, 188 people in the Valley Center CDP (census-designated place) self-identified as Native Americans. Tribal enrollment is about 651.[3]

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  1. ^ Indian entities recognized and eligible to receive services from the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs Archived 2012-03-06 at the Wayback Machine: Federal Register, Volume 75, Number 190 dated October 1, 2010 (75 FR 60810)
  2. ^ "Indian Health Council: Empowering Native Wellness".
  3. ^ a b c d White, Phillip. "California Indians and their reservations: an online dictionary". San Diego State University Library.


  • Bean, Lowell J. and Shipek, Florence C. (1978) "Luiseño," in 'California,' vol. 8, ed. Robert Heizer, Handbook of North American Indians (Washington, D. C.: Smithsonian Institution): 550–563.

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Coordinates: 33°16′3″N 116°57′20″W / 33.26750°N 116.95556°W / 33.26750; -116.95556