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.