Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians

Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Information

Since time immemorial the people of Soboba have inhabited the land that currently encompasses the cities of San Jacinto, Hemet, Valle Vista and Winchester. The Soboba Indian Reservation lies at the base of San Jacinto Mountains along the San Jacinto River, and its tributary streams–Poppet and Indian Creeks–along with more than 40 perennial springs.

In 1815, Mission San Luis Rey established Rancho San Jacinto for cattle ranching, bringing Luiseño Indians into the valley as laborers for the ranch. Some of the original Cahuilla inhabitants intermarried with Luiseños. On June 19, 1883, the Soboba Indian Reservation was established through an executive order which set aside 3,172 acres of land for the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians for their permanent occupation and use. Today Cahuilla and Luiseño remain the two predominant tribal lineages in Soboba. 

The Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians is a federally-recognized tribal government that exercises their right to self-governance and self-determination. The results of exercising these rights can be seen in both the tribal government and tribal business enterprises. Diversification within their many business enterprises allow the tribe to support the well-being of Tribal members by providing a wide range of services through tribal government programs. This is seen through branches of Tribal Administration such as the Soboba Fire Department, Public Works, Cultural Programs and many others.

Despite overwhelming odds, the people of Soboba continue to thrive within their traditional unceded lands. The People of Soboba – both rich in history and current progress – support not only their tribal community, but the surrounding communities as well.

Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians

Travel Info

  • Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time

Soboba Casino Resort, Soboba Casino Resort, 22777 Soboba Rd., San Jacinto, CA 92583. 866-476-2622

Rooms at Soboba Casino Resort have views of the San Jacinto Valley and overlook the Green Island of the Soboba Springs Golf Course. Guests enjoy lounging by the outdoor pool and dining at one of seven restaurants ranging from family friendly to fine dining at the Canyons Steakhouse.

Soboba Springs Golf Course, Soboba Springs Golf Course, 1020 Soboba Road, San Jacinto, CA 92583. 951-654-4300

This public 18-hole course includes a driving range, putting green, bunkers and aGolf Pro Shop. Relaxed dining available at the Maze Stone Grill.

Notes to Visitors

Soboba Fiesta

The annual Soboba Fiesta provides a platform for tribal people to partake in traditional social activities such as singing and dancing, while also providing participants with opportunities to hear traditional language and gain first-hand knowledge from cultural practitioners who are in attendance. Current activities include: traditional bird singing and dancing, native foods, games, contests, and material culture demonstrations, such as basketweaving. Overall, the Fiesta serves to bring tribal/community members together, while strengthening tribal identity, and preserving/perpetuating traditional practices for future generations. Each year, the event is held in May, on the Saturday before Memorial Day Weekend.

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