Welcome! The Mesa Grande Band of Diegueno Mission Indians is a federally-recognized tribe located in northern San Diego County, about 75 miles northeast of San Diego, CA. The Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians invites you to read more about the Tribe and the beautiful area that has been home for thousands of years.
We are honored to present information about the Mesa Grande tribe. The Mesa Grande Tribal reservation is positioned on a high plateau more than 3,500 feet above Black Canyon, in an especially beautiful area next to the Cleveland National Forest. Mesa Grande is remote, quiet, scenic and unspoiled.
Mesa Grande’s 1,820 acres is home to approximately 130 of the tribe’s over 800 enrolled members, many of whom farm, raise livestock, or commute to work in nearby towns. An additional 5,795 acres of land, although traditionally recognized as belonging to Mesa Grande, was mistakenly allocated to a neighboring Tribal Band by the United States Department of Interior through Presidential Executive Order in 1891. The Mesa Grande Band is pursuing legal remedies to recover this land, which is vital to the tribe’s culture, as there are several sacred sites, and future plans for growth and development. A historical report showing documents saved in the National Archives in Washington D.C. make the mistake clear. You can read the findings in this website in the history section under the Historical Analysis of the Land Status of the Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians Google document link.Learn More