Cabazon Band of Mission Indians

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Cabazon Band of Mission Indians
Cabazon Band of Mission Indians

The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians is a federally recognized tribe of Cahuilla Indians, located in Riverside County, California.

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The Cabazon Indian Reservation was founded in 1876. It occupies 1,706 acres (6.90 km2) located seven miles (11 km) from Indio, California and 18 miles (29 km) from Palm Springs. Population on the reservation is approximately 806.


The tribe’s headquarters is located in Indio, California. David Roosevelt is their current tribal chairman.

Programs and economic development

The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians introduced high-stakes bingo to their state, after they won the pivotal court case, California v. Cabazon Band. The tribe has no unemployment.

The Cabazon Band owns Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 250 room hotel, POM Restaurant, Pizza Kitchen, The Bistro, Fresh Grill Buffet, JOY Asian Cuisine, a Starbucks, and several casual dining areas, located in Indio. The resort also featured Eagle Falls Golf Course.

The Cabazon Cultural Museum is open to the public, free of admission, Mondays to Saturdays. Since 1981, the tribe has hosted the annual Indio Powwow, with dancing, Cahuilla bird singing, drum competitions, and peon games.


The tribe first came to public attention in 1987 when they won California v. Cabazon Band; however prior to the U.S.Supreme Court’s decision 480 U.S. 202 (1987), the tribe had developed a questionable background, a mysterious involvement with John Philip Nichols, The Wackenhut Corporation, and with the June 29, 1981 triple homicides of Alfred “Fred” Alvarez, Patricia Castro, and Ralph Boger.

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