Cahuilla Indians

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Guide to Cahuilla Indians ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

Tribal Headquarters

Cahuilla Band of Mission Indians
P. O. Box 391760
Anza, CA 92539-1760
Phone: 1.909.763.5549
Fax: 1.909.763.2808


Brief Timeline

1774: contact with Spanish colonizers

1822: During the Mexican Revolution, Mexico took the Mission land from Spain

1848: United States took control of California

1849: Gold Rush

1863: Smallpox epidemic, kills many


Additional References to the History of the Tribe

Additional details are given in John Swanton's The Indian Tribes of North America.

Bands of the Cahuilla Tribe and Their Reservations

Agua Caliente Band -- Agua Caliente Reservation

Augustine Band -- Augustine Reservation

Cabazon Band -- Cabazon Reservation

Cahuilla Band -- Cahuilla Reservation

Los Coyotes Band -- Los Coyotes Reservation

Morongo Band -- Morongo Reservation

Ramona Band or Village -- Ramona Rancheria

Santa Rosa Band -- Santa Rosa Reservation

Torres-Martinez Band -- Torres-Martinez Reservation


The majority of records of individuals were those created by the agencies. Some records may be available to tribal members through the tribal headquarters.They were (and are) the local office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and were charged with maintaining records of the activities of those under their responsibility. Among these records are:

Important Websites

For Further Reading

  • California Indians and Their Reservations: An Online Dictionary. Available online.

See For Further Reading.


  • Bean, Lowell John. The Cahuilla Indians of Southern California, Their History and Culture. Banning, Ca. Maueum Press, 1975. FHL Book 970.1 Al #82