The Mesa Grande Band of Diegueño Mission Indians is a federally recognized tribe located in northern San Diego County, about 75 miles northeast of San Diego, California. Its land 3,500 feet above Black Canyon on a high plateau adjacent to the Cleveland National Forest. A remote location, Mesa Grande is a quiet, scenic community just outside the busy streets of San Diego, California.
The reservation encompasses 1,820 acres and is home to approximately 130 of the Tribe’s over 800 enrolled citizens, many of whom farm, raise livestock, or commute to work in nearby towns.
The history of the Mesa Grande Band of Diegueño Mission Indians was traditionally passed down orally for generations until the westernization of California began. The first contact between Spanish explorers and the Native people in the San Diego area occurred in 1542. The Spaniards referred to the area’s inhabitants as Diegueño because of their proximity to the San Diego mission. Other American Indian groups also lived in the area at the time, including the Luiseño (named after the San Luis Rey mission), Cahuilla, Cupeno and Northern Diegueño peoples.
Tekamuk Facility Services is an enterprise of the Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians. The company is headquartered on the historic Golden Eagle Farm, approximately 12 miles east of Ramona, California, on Highway 78. The Mesa Grande Band acquired the 560-acre Golden Eagle property in 2017 to expand its land base and provide economic development opportunities consistent with the rural agricultural character of the area. The Golden Eagle is contiguous to other Mesa Grande trust land.