Local Native Americans in the Valley Center Area
Archaeological sites around the area prove that it has been a favored place to live for thousands of years. Evidence of these habitation sites can be found throughout the area. The year-round availability of food, water and resources provided a peaceful and stable existence for those early inhabitants.
Five Indian Reservations are within the Valley Center area: Pala, Pauma, Rincon, La Jolla, and San Pasqual. Of these, three separate groups are represented: Luiseno, Diegueno, and Cupeno. Named for the Spanish missions, the Luiseno lived near the Mission San Luis Rey and the Diegueno for the Mission San Diego de Alcala. San Pasqual is the northernmost Diegueno, or Kumeyaay, reservation. The Cupeno lived near Warner’s Ranch in their village of Kupa prior to being moved to the Pala Reservation in 1903.
To learn more about the Tribes in this area, visit the following Web sites: