The La Jolla Indian Reservation was established by Executive Order of the President of the United States, Mr. Ulysses S. Grant, on December 27, 1875. However, The Payómkawichum (Luiseño People) have always been here in this area. The Southern California area is where our Creation Story takes place. The La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians is one of six federally recognized Luiseño Tribes in Southern California.


The La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians have always been a strong, resilient and resourceful people. Whether hunting, planting and harvesting, or establishing businesses we have always found a way to survive. In the early 1930’s, the Tribe established the La Jolla Indian Campground. This business is still open today and along with numerous grants is the main source of income for the tribe. This income provides for many of the administrative needs of the La Jolla Band.


The La Jolla Indian Reservation consists of nearly 10,000 acres located at the base of Palomar Mountain in Northern San Diego County, California. Most of the land is undisturbed wilderness and is covered with many native plants and trees such as Sage, Chia, berries and many oak trees for making wiiwish (acorn pudding). There are also game such as deer and rabbit. These plants and game make up a small portion of our traditional food, all of which are still consumed by tribal members today.