Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians


The Santa Rosa Indian Reservation is located in Riverside County, between Palm Springs and Anza, and occupies 11,021 acres of land.

The Reservation is composed of four non-contiguous parcels; the largest being located in the area of Sew’ia, or New Santa Rosa (Vandeventer Flat) where residents of the Reservation reside. The three remaining parcels, which include Toro Peak where the Tribe operates a telecommunications relay station, are located east of the main parcel. Elevation ranges from 4,200’ elevation at Sew’ia (Cahuilla name for “New” Santa Rosa) to 8,700’ elevation at Toro Peak.

Currently, there are 118 recognized Tribal Members (18 and over). Approximately 70 individuals live on the Reservation.

The General Council (which consists of adult members 18 years of age and older) elects a Tribal Council for two-year terms. The Tribal Council consists of a Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and three Council members.

The people of Sew’ia are one of eight Cahuilla Bands which include Cahuilla, Ramona, Los Coyotes, Torres-Martinez, Augustine, Cabazon, Agua Caliente, and Morongo.

Council Members

Name Position
Steven Estrada Tribal Chair
Alexis Sanders-Alto Tribal Vice-Chair
Gabriella Rubalcava Council Member
Isaac Ramos Council Member
Alyssa Lauture Council Member
Linda Richardson Council Member
Mercedes Estrada Council Member

Tribal Links

Tribal Government

Name Phone Fax Location
Tribal Office (951) 659-2700 (951) 659-2228 65200 Highway 74
Mountain Center, CA 92561

Community Resources

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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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