Jamul Indian Village
Total population
60[1]–120 enrolled members[2]
Regions with significant populations
United States (California)
Ipai,[3] English
Traditional tribal religion,
Christianity (Roman Catholic)
Related ethnic groups
other Kumeyaay tribes, Cocopa, Quechan, Paipai, and Kiliwa

The Jamul Indian Village of California is a federally recognized tribe of Kumeyaay Indians, who are sometimes known as Mission Indians.[1]


Location of the Jamul Indian Village
Location of the Jamul Indian Village

The Jamul Indian Village is a federal reservation, located 10 miles (16 km) southeast of El Cajon, in southeastern San Diego County, California.[1] It was established in 1912.[4] It is six acres (24,000 m2) in size.[2] No one lives on the reservation although 20 members lived there in the 1970s.


The traditional language of the Jamul Indian Village and their larger tribal group, the Kumeyaay, is from the Tipai language grouping. The influence of the Spanish Mission system on the retention of the Jamul Indian Village native tongue can be observed as there are only a small amount of less than 100 tribal members who retain their native language.[5] The Jamul Indian Village as well uses English in modern times as a primary language for communication.


The Jamul Indian Village is headquartered in Jamul, California. The current government for the Jamul Indian Village is a democratically elected tribal council. As of June 2017 Jamul Tribal Council consist of


Starting 12,000 years ago the tribal members of the Jamul Indian Village planted their roots. The tribe studied and understood their environment and tried their best in tradition and practice to honor the land they were blessed with calling their home. They used to practice basket weaving and traditional hunting and other games. They would perform cultural burnings and use the land in equilibrium with what it provided. The European contact caused a stir with the tribe as they had lost a large portion of their traditions to the forced assimilation brought upon their tribe. However many generations later many of their traditions have been revived and practiced and now there is a large group of tribal members honoring their ancestors.[5] The tribe in 2016 opened the Hollywood Casino Jamul and now it provides a large source of income through their newly built casino.[7] San Diego government officials still grapple with the impact of the controversial casino onto the local community.[8]


The village is served by the Jamul-Dulzura Union Elementary School District and Grossmont Union High School District.



  1. ^ a b c "California Indians and Their Reservations: P". SDSU Library and Information Access: Population. Archived from the original on January 10, 2010. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Pritzker 2000, p. 146.
  3. ^ Eargle, Jr. 1992, p. 118.
  4. ^ Shipek 1978, p. 613.
  5. ^ a b "Our History". Jamul Indian Village, a Kumeyaay Nation. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  6. ^ "Tribal Council". Jamul Indian Village, a Kumeyaay Nation. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  7. ^ "Jamul Casino". Jamul Indian Village, a Kumeyaay Nation. Retrieved May 11, 2021.
  8. ^ Pearlman, Karen (June 26, 2017). "Jacob is keeping tabs on Highway 94 traffic since casino opening". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved May 11, 2021.

Coordinates: 32°42′10″N 116°52′15″W / 32.70278°N 116.87083°W / 32.70278; -116.87083