Barona Band of Mission Indians

Background

Located in the mountain foothills of San Diego County, approximately 30 miles east of San Diego, the Barona Reservation spans 5,900 acres of flat and rocky terrain. The reservation was created in 1931 upon 5,900 acres purchased by the federal government for Kumeyaay tribal members residing on the Capitan Grande Indian Reservation.

The residents of the Barona Reservation, located in traditional Kumeyaay/Diegueño territory, are descendants of the Hokan-speaking peoples, an ancient language group found throughout California and on into southern Mexico. They are one of 12 bands of the Kumeyaay/Diegueño Tribe. The coastal country and the Salton Sea margins contain archaeological evidence suggesting that they are some of the oldest known Indian-inhabited areas in the United States; middens, or refuse heaps, have been found that date back some 20,000 years.

The Barona Reservation is currently governed by a seven-member elected tribal council, including a chairman and vice-chairman. Members of the council serve four years. The tribal council conducts all business for the band, including those activities related to planning and economic development. Decisions on land or other tribal resources are referred to the general council, composed of all the tribe’s voting members.

Council Members

Name Position
Edwin "Thorpe" Romero Chairman

Tribal Links

Tribal Government

Name Phone Fax Location
Tribal Office (619) 443-6612 (619) 443-0681 1095 Barona Road
Lakeside, CA 92040

Community Resources

Name Phone Fax Location
Barona Recreation Center (619) 443-7003 (619) 443-5219
Barona Fire Department (619) 390-2794 (619) 390-0730 1112 Barona Road
Lakeside, CA 92040

Culture

Name Phone Fax Location
Kumeyaay Cultural Repatriation Committee (619) 443-6612 (619) 443-0681
Barona Culture Center and Museum (619) 443-7003 (619) 443-0681
Kumeyaay Language (619) 443-7003 (619) 443-0681

Education

Name Phone Fax Location
Barona Education Committee Chair (619) 443-6612 (619) 443-0681 1095 Barona Road
Lakeside, CA 92040
Barona Childcare Center (619) 443-6040 1095 Barona Road
Lakeside, CA 92040
Barona Pre-School (619) 443-2891 (619) 443-0750
Barona Indian Charter School (619) 443-0948 (619) 443-7280 1095 Barona Road
Lakeside, CA 92040
Lakeside Union School District Office (619) 390-2600 (619) 561-7929 12335 Woodside Ave.
Lakeside, CA 92040
Grossmont High School District Office (619) 644-8000 (619) 465-1349 1100 Murray Dr
El Cajon, CA 92020

Citation
Much of the information about the member tribes is taken partly or in some cases entirely from the landmark guide compiled by Dr. Veronica E. Velarde Tiller, Jicarilla Apache and historian: Tiller, Veronica. Tiller's Guide to Indian Country: Economic Profiles of American Indian Reservations. Bowarrow Publishing Company, 1996. ISBN 1-885931-01-8

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