With a long and storied history, The Barona Band of Mission Indians is always eager to share their culture and heritage, and is proud to welcome you to their land and the magnificent Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino. Established in 1932, the Barona Indian Reservation is home to this regal tribe, which is recognized by the United States government as a sovereign nation, and is governed by an elected Tribal Council.
A strong and supportive community, the Barona Tribe is proud of its independence and self-reliance. The reservation features its own museum, school, fire station, gas station, church, and community center. Tied together architecturally with the theme of a 1930's ranch, intended to honor the founders of the Barona Indian Reservation, the Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino attests to the vision, conviction, and determination of the Barona Band of Mission Indians.
In the Tribe's continual efforts to preserve their culture, the reservation is also home to the Barona Cultural Center & Museum, a unique hands-on educational museum. Displays of handmade pottery, reed baskets, paintings, arrowheads, and other artifacts - over 2,000 in all - date back thousands of years, and bring to life the rich culture and history of San Diego's Native American community.
PROJECTS FUNDED BY BARONA BAND OF MISSION INDIANS
For the Barona Tribe, the list of accomplishments is impressive and inspirational. It is a source of pride for the Barona Band of Mission Indians to now say they are no longer taxpayers liabilities, but they are indeed bringing back their pride, building a community and rebuilding their culture. read more
SPONSORSHIPS & CHARITABLE GIVINGS
Sharing is a Native American tradition - one that dates back centuries. The Barona Band of Mission Indians still carries that tradition on today. They use Indian gaming revenues to take care of their own and to make a difference for charitable organizations throughout the San Diego region. read more
BARONA RANCH HISTORY
In 1932, without a homeland but with some federal monies allotted from the sale of the Capitan Grande Reservation, a group of the Capitan Grande tribal members purchased the Barona Ranch which today is the Barona Indian Reservation near Lakeside, about 30 miles northeast of San Diego. For many years living without electricity and other services, the tribal members tried to create a living through the ranch and farming. read more
The Barona Band of Mission Indians is proud to help make a difference for schools throughout California. Through the endorsement of your locally-elected state representatives, schools in your area can now apply for Barona educational funding to purchase much-needed supplies and materials such as books and computers. read more