Mesa Grande Logo 2015

Mesa Grande Government

The Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians is governed by the General Council made up of all enrolled tribal citizens over the age of 18. The tribe operates as a democracy, with the General Council voting all major decisions regarding the tribe’s overall direction as specified by the Articles of Association. There are regular meetings of the General Council every second Sunday of each month. All tribal citizens of the Mesa Grande Band are encouraged to participate in these important meetings.

Mesa Grande Business Committee

Mesa Grande Grievance Board

Mesa Grande Government Departments

This section provides links and contact information for each government department. The main contact for the Mesa Grande Tribal offices is 760-782-3818 or FAX 760-782-0795


Mesa Grande Housing Authority

Mesa Grande Business Development Corporation

Mesa Grande Enrollment Committee

Mesa Grande Education Committee

Mesa Grande Cultural Committee

Mesa Grande Water Department

Mesa Grande Roads/Transportation Department

Mesa Grande Election Committee

Outside Links

Indian Health Services Mesa Grande Tribal Committee

The Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians has two delegates that serve on the Indian Health Services (IHS) board to address the needs of tribal members requiring medical and dental services. IHS facilities for Tribal citizens are located in Rincon and Santa Ysabel. The IHS is also actively helping Tribal citizens to benefit from the Covered California affordable care act, and has representatives ready to assist

The current Mesa Grande Band delegates are:

  • Tribal Representative: Tony Gumataotao
  • Alternate: Vacancy

Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Mesa Grande Tribal Services

The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978 is Federal law that governs the removal and out-of-home placement of American Indian children. The law was enacted after recognition by the Federal Government that American Indian children were being removed from their homes and communities at a much higher rate than non-Native children. ICWA established standards for the placement of Indian children in foster and adoptive homes and enabled Tribes and families to be involved in child welfare cases. For more information contact:

  • Tribal Representative: Phone: 760-782-3818 Office
  • Alternate: Vacancy
 Strong Hearted Native Women’s Coalition Inc. Mesa Grande Tribal Services
Domestic violence and sexual assault matters are handled by the Strong Hearted Native Women’s Coalition, Inc., a non-profit that advocates on behalf of Native women, children and families. The contact for this organization for the Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians is:
  • Tribal representative: Keely Linton
  • Alternate: Vacancy

Intertribal Court of Southern California Mesa Grande Tribal Services

Family-related legal issues fall under the jurisdiction of the Intertribal Court of Southern California. The Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians is represented by:

  • Tribal Representative: Keely Linton
  • Alternate: Mercedes Amavisca

Employment Opportunities


The Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians is committed to helping both Tribal and non-Tribal citizens in securing employment and providing to their families and stability of the local economy. You can find Job postings on this website as well as at the Native Hire Website. We are also looking for our Tribal Members resumes to keep on record for opportunities with many of our Business partners.


California Indian Manpower Consortium CIMC: This organization helps with cost recovery for qualified individuals seeking jobs and help retaining jobs. The Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians has been a partner with this organization for over 25 years. A Tribal committee has been appointed to meet with this organization on a regular basis.

  • Delegate: Dianna Lopez
  • Alternate: Mercedes Amavisca