Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation
Defining who or what Sycuan is can be difficult. Sycuan believes you will come to find that Sycuan consists of many things and that Sycuan’s identity is as unique as the people and traditions it consists of.
Above all else, Sycuan is a people. Incredibly, our ancestors have lived in the San Diego area for nearly 12,000 years. Currently, there are 130 Sycuan tribal members and we proudly pass down many time-honored traditions to keep our heritage and customs alive.
Also at the forefront of establishing Sycuan’s identity is our sovereignty. As a Native American Indian tribe, Sycuan is an independent, sovereign nation with our own democratically elected government, the Tribal Council. Our people abide by tribal laws as well as state and federal laws. As an independent nation and independent government, Sycuan maintains government-to-government relationships with the city, county, state and United States governments.
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