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Santa Ysabel Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of the Santa Ysabel Reservation, California

Santa Ysabel Band of Diegueno Mission Indians
Total population
Regions with significant populations
United States United States California (California)
Ipai,[2] English
Traditional tribal religion,
Christianity (Roman Catholic)
Related ethnic groups
other Kumeyaay tribes, Cocopa, Quechan, Paipai, and Kiliwa

The Santa Ysabel Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of the Santa Ysabel Reservation is a federally recognized tribe of Kumeyaay Indians,[3] who are sometimes known as Mission Indians.


The Santa Ysabel Reservation (33°10′16″N 116°39′44″W / 33.17111°N 116.66222°W / 33.17111; -116.66222) is a federal reservation, located in northeastern San Diego County, California, near the mountain towns of Santa Ysabel and Julian.[3] The reservation was founded in 1893 and is 15,526.78 acres (62.8346 km2) large.[4] 110 people of 300 enrolled members lived there in the 1970s.[5]


The Santa Ysabel Band is headquartered in Santa Ysabel, California. They are governed by a democratically elected tribal council. Virgil Perez is their current tribal chairperson and Brandie Taylor is the vice chairwoman. Perez succeedes Johnny Hernandez in office.[6]

Economic development

The tribe owns and operates the Santa Ysabel Resort and Casino and the Orchard Restaurant[7] and the Seven Oaks Bar and Grill, located in Santa Ysabel.[8]


In mid-November every year, the tribe celebrates a Feast Day at Santa Ysabel Asistencia.[9]



  • 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.
  • 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.

External links

  • Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel
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