Published on September 16, 2013 by Amy
The Tejon Indian Tribe of California is a federally recognized tribe of Kitanemuk, Yokuts, and Chumash indigenous people of California. Their ancestral homeland is the San Joaquin Valley and today they live in Kern County, California.
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The tribe’s headquarters is located in Wasco and Bakersfield, California. They are governed by a democratically–elected tribal council. Their tribal chairwoman is Kathryn Montes Morgan and their vice-chairman is Jim Appodaca.
The Sebastian Indian Reservation was established in 1853 by Edward Beale on lands that became part of the Tejon Ranch. At its establishment it was 763,000 acres large but has been reduced to 25,000 acres. 2,000 Indians lived on the land; however, Beale purchased it for his private use. 100 Indians stayed on his lands when the reservation was dissolved. Many Indian were forcibly relocated at gunpoint to a new reservation was established near Porterville in Tulare County.