Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation

Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation Information

Sycuan is one of 12 Kumeyaay Nation Bands existing today which are original to the Kumeyaay territory north of the U.S.-Mexico border.

 There are a total of 18 Indian reservations existing in relation to the counties of San Diego and Imperial (and in relation to Baja California, Mexico to the south), more than any other county of the United States.

The Kumeyaay people have lived and prospered in the beautiful and moderate climate of the Kumeyaay territory. Their ancestral lands from the Pacific Ocean to the sand dunes just west of the Colorado River, and some 75 miles north and south of the boundary line between Mexico and the United States.

In 1875, after generations of terrible mistreatment of the Indians, the United States government, under the leadership of Ulysses S. Grant, signed a Presidential Executive Order setting aside specific lands in San Diego County for the exclusive use and residence of the Kumeyaay. The current 640 acre—one square mile—Sycuan Indian Reservation in Dehesa Valley was included in Grant’s Executive Order.

True, the beautiful Kumeyaay ancestral lands secured for the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation were remote, harsh, and not well suited for farming, but the Sycuan people—because of their endurance, resilience, and intelligence managed to survive. In 1891, with passage of the Act for the Relief of the Mission Indians, the United States recognized the sovereign status 
of the California Indians. 

Today, the people of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation stand proud, making the most of their relatively small reservation land base. Mindful of their rich ancestral past, the self-reliant members of Sycuan are planning and working diligently for the benefit of their future generations.

Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation

Travel Info

  • Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time

Sycuan Casino Resort, Sycuan Casino and Resort, 5469 Casino Way, El Cajon, CA 92019. 619-445-6002

This Four Diamond AAA resort casino features its Spa Ritual with a full menu of massage and salon treatments. Enjoy a Sycuan craft beer at the fine-dining venues including the Bull and Bourbon steakhouse. See nationally known performers at the Heritage Event Center, and soak off the San Diego sun at the Retreat Pool. 

Sycuan Square Gas Station and Market, Sycuan Square Gas Station and Market, 4915 Dehesa Rd., El Cajon, CA 92019. 619-612-2300

Replenish supplies for the road at this convenience store with discounted gas located near the Sycuan Casino and Resort.

Singing Hills Golf Resort at Sycuan, Singing Hills Golf Resort at Sycuan, 3007 Dehesa Rd., El Cajon, CA 92019. 800-457-5568

Nestled in the Dehesa Valley, 20 minutes from the San Diego International Airport, Singing Hills Golf Resort at Sycuan has 54 holes throughout its 425 acres. The 100 guest rooms all have views of the greens or swimming pools. The full-service Red Tail Bar & Grill has course views and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

US Grant Hotel, US Grant Hotel, 326 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101. 619-232-3121

Purchased by the Sycuan Tribe in 2003, the historic US Grant Hotel is located in downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. A Luxury Collection Hotel, US Grant Hotel has welcomed guests for more than a century and San Diego must-sees such as the San Diego Zoo, Petco Park and Balboa Park are located within walking distance. The AAA Four Diamond Grant Grill serves meals in its Art Deco dining room, and the full-service spa ensures a relaxing stay.

Best Western Marina Gateway Hotel, Best Western Marina Gateway Hotel, 800 Bay Marina Dr., National City, CA 91950. 619-259-2800

Best Western Marina Gateway Hotel rooms include pool and hottub access close to the San Diego Zoo, Padres Petco Park, Balboa Park, Sea World and beaches. Goodies Bar & Grill serves contemporary family friendly fare. 

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