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Pala Band of Cupeño Indians - California (U.S.)

Cupeños and Luiseños of the Pala Reservation

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[Pala Band of Cupeņo Indians flag] image by Chrystian Kretowicz, 28 January 2008



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The Band

Pala Band of Cupeño Indians
Cupeños and Luiseños of the Pala Reservation.

They call themselves Kuupangaxwichem (people who slept here). The Spaniards gave them A NAME Cupeño (one from Kupa). Cupeños were never numerous, never exceeded 1,000, and their original homeland was around present-day Warner's Springs, CA. Around the turn of 20th century, the remaining Cupeños were moved to the Pala Reservation, mixed with some Luiseños and in 1903 the present reservation was established. Their language belongs to the Cupan subgroup of the Takic family of the Uto-Aztecan languages and is closely related to the Cahuilla language.

Location: Northeast San Diego County, next to San Luis Rey River, in the picturesque inland valleys full of groves of avocados, tangerines and nectarines and among the mountains of the Coast Range.
Population: @ 918 enrolled members (Cupeños & Luiseños)
Area: 11,000 acres.
Tribal Chairman: Robert Smith (2006-)

A rich tribe with the large casino and the resort.

Chrystian Kretowicz, 28 January 2008


The Flag

A white flag bearing the tribe logo in green in the center.

Chrystian Kretowicz, 28 January 2008