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Tribal Council

The Pala Band of Mission Indians is governed by an Executive Committee composed of six members elected by the General Council, which includes all qualified voters 18 years and older.

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The History

The Pala Band of Mission Indians is located in northern San Diego County, where a majority of the 918 enrolled members live on their 12,273-acre reservation, established for Cupeño and Luiseño Indians, who consider themselves to be one proud people — Pala.

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Sovereignty

Indian tribes existed as sovereign governments long before European settlers arrived in North America. Treaties signed with European nations and later the United States in exchange for land guaranteed the tribes continued recognition and treatment as sovereigns.

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