Native American Indian Commission

Tribal Governments

California is home to more people of Native heritage than any other state in the United States. There are currently 109 federally recognized Indian tribes in California and 78 entities petitioning for recognition. The City of Los Angeles holds the second largest percentage of Native Americans in the United States, totaling around 54,236 people. Los Angeles County, home to more Native Americans/ Alaska Natives than any other county in the United States, totals around 140,764 people.

Los Angeles County is home to three Native American Indian tribes that predate the establishment of California Missions: the Ventureño, Gabrieleño, and Fernandeño. While these tribes are not currently recognized by the federal government, they are recognized by the State of California, and have maintained their tribal sovereignty, protected their cultural resources, and continue to resist assimilation.

The Greater Los Angeles Area is the second-largest urban region in the United States, encompassing five counties in Southern California: Orange County, Ventura County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, and Los Angeles County.

There are fourteen federally recognized Native American Indian tribes within the Greater Los Angeles Area. Two tribes are located in San Bernardino County, twelve tribes in Riverside County and no federally recognized Native American Indian tribes in the Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura Counties.

Los Angeles County Tribes

Barbareño/Ventureño Band of Mission Indians
Ojai, California

Fernandeno Tataviam Band of Mission Indians
San Fernando, California

Gabrieleno Band of San Gabriel Mission Indians
San Gabriel, California

Greater Los Angeles Area

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians
Palm Springs, Riverside County, California

Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians
Coachella, Riverside County, California

Cabazon Band of Mission Indians
Indio, Riverside County, California

Cahuilla Band of Indians
Anza, Riverside County, California

Chemehuevi Indian Tribe
Havasu Lake, San Bernardino County, California

Fort Mojave Indian Tribe
Needles, San Bernardino County, California

Morongo Band of Mission Indians
Banning, Riverside County, California


Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians
Temecula, Riverside County, California

Ramona Band of Cahuilla
Anza, Riverside County, California

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
Highland, San Bernardino County, California

Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians
Anza, Riverside County, California

Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians
San Jacinto, Riverside County, California

Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians
Thermal, Riverside County, California

Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians
Coachella, Riverside County, California