Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians

Cultural Center and Research Library

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The Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians is one of seven bands of Luiseño Indians, the other six being Pechanga, Pala, Pauma, Rincon, La Jolla and San Luis Rey. The Soboba Indian Reservation is located in the foothills of the San Jacinto Mountains, approximately eighty miles southeast of Los Angeles, and fifty miles inland from the San Juan Capistrano Mission. The southwest border of the reservation lies along the San Jacinto River. On June 19, 1883 the Soboba Indian Reservation was established by an Executive Order that set aside 3,172 acres of land for the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians for their permanent occupation and use. Today the reservation encompasses nearly 7,000 acres, 400 of which are devoted to residential use.

 

Background

The Soboba Culture Center was first established in May 2003 and was originally located in the DQ trailers, where the Soboba Tribal Administration building is currently located. The cultural center has two employees, the Cultural Program Manager and Library Assistant. The collections of the tribal cultural center are modest in size and consist of approximately 900 books, resource materials such as photos, maps, baskets, items of natural resources and pamphlets. The tribal display area for the collections and exhibits are modes in size, due in part to lack of proper space. The Cultural Center is currently displaying memorabilia and photos of Soboba Tribal Veterans, Southern California Cahuilla and Luiseño baskets, and small educational replicas of traditional objects.