Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation and surrounding Tribes History

The following are some interesting and important facts about the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation and other Indian Tribes in the San Diego area:

The history and existence of the Kumeyaay Nation long predates the existence of the State of California and the United States. The Kumeaay people lived free and independent in their traditional homeland for thousands and thousands of years prior to the arrival of Europeans, with their own language, culture, spiritual traditions, and system of government. We are still here.

  • There are 18 Native American Tribes in San Diego County, more than in any other county in the United States.
  • There are four Indian Nations indigenous to the San Diego area: Kumeyaay, Luiseno, Cupeno and Cahuilla.
  • 13 of the 18 reservations in San Diego, including Sycuan, are Kumeyaay.
  • Sycuan’s lineage can be traced back to the San Dieguito Paleo Indians (approximately 10,000 B.C. in what is currently the Rancho San Diego area).
  • In approximately 1,000 A.D., environmental changes forced the Kumeyaay people to move east.this group became known as the Southern Diegueno people. The Southern Diegueno (the original San Diegans) are the ancestors of the Sycuan Band in Dehesa Valley.
  • Sycuan’s language is called Kumeyaay, of which there is a southern dialect (Iipay) and a northern dialect (Tiipay).
  • The Kumeyaay language is a Hokan language of the Yuman stock, which also includes Cocopah, Maricopa, Quechan, Mohave, Pai Pai, Yavapai, Havasupai, and Hualapai.

Visit Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation to learn more FAQS about the Tribe and surrounding Tribes History, the site provides some very interesting and important History of San Diego Tribes.

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