Desert Cahuilla Indian Tribe of California

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The Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians is a federally recognized tribe of Cahuilla and Chemehuevi Indians, located in Imperial and Riverside counties in California. Their autonym is Mau-Wal-Mah Su-Kutt Menyil, which is said to mean “among the palms, deer moon”.

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The Torres-Martinez Indian Reservation is a federal reservation in Imperial and Riverside Counties, with a total area of 24,024 acres (97.22 km2). It was established in 1876 and was named for the village of Toro and the Martinez Indian Agency. In 1970, 42 of the 217 enrolled tribal members lived on the reservation.


The tribe’s headquarters is located in Thermal, California. Their current tribal administration is as follows:

Mary L. Resvaloso, Tribal Chairperson
Diana L. Chihuahua, Vice-Chairperson
Alesia Reed, Secretary
Al Loya, Treasurer
Harvey Duro, Council Member
Art Lopez, Council Member
Elena Morreo, Proxy Member

Economic development

The tribe owns and operates the Red Earth Casino in Salton City, California.

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