Luiseno, also spelled Luiseño, is pronounced loo-ee-sane-yoh. This was the Spanish name for the tribe. Their own name for themselves was Payomkawichum, which means “Western people,” but most modern tribal members prefer Luiseno today. Where do the Luisenos live? The Luiseno are Southern California Indians.
Luiseño men usually wore no clothes in warm weather. During cold weather they wore fur capes of rabbit and deerskin; those who lived along the Pacific Coast also wore capes of sea otter skins.
Cuevas’ tribe operates the Pechanga Resort and Casino, the largest in California. By some estimates, it earns from $1 -2 billion annually and pays allotments to each tribal member of $300,000 or more a year.
The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indians is a federally recognized tribe of Luiseño Indians based in Riverside County, California, where their reservation is located. As of 2006, there were 1,370 members of the nation.
Allen, South Dakota, on the Pine Ridge Reservation, has the lowest per capita income in the country. Extreme poverty rates on the ten largest reservations.
|Reservation||Location||Extreme Poverty Rate|
|Standing Rock Indian Reservation||South Dakota and North Dakota||16.6|
Today, the Shakopee Mdewakanton are believed to be the richest tribe in American history as measured by individual personal wealth: Each adult, according to court records and confirmed by one tribal member, receives a monthly payment of around $84,000, or $1.08 million a year.
Pechanga Resort Casino is wholly owned and operated by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. Opened in 2002, Pechanga is the largest resort/casino on the West Coast and one of the largest in the country, with 200,000 square feet of gaming space.
The Luiseño or Payómkawichum are an indigenous people of California who, at the time of the first contacts with the Spanish in the 16th century, inhabited the coastal area of southern California, ranging 50 miles (80 km) from the present-day southern part of Los Angeles County to the northern part of San Diego County,
Members of some Native American tribes receive cash payouts from gaming revenue. The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, for example, has paid its members $30,000 per month from casino earnings. Other tribes send out more modest annual checks of $1,000 or less.
Now the tribe will give members $25,000 when they turn 18, $25,000 when they turn 21, and the rest when they ‘re 25.
Across the United States, 1 in 3 Native Americans are living in poverty, with a median income of $23,000 a year.
How much does each tribal member receive? According to court records, it’s about $13,000 a month, or, about $156,000 a year.
The Pine Ridge Reservation is home to the lowest life expectancy, and a number of the poorest communities in the United States. The average life expectancy on Pine Ridge is 66.81 years, the lowest in the United States. There are 3,143 counties in the United States.
Temecula is one of the most historic communities in Southern California. The name Temecula comes from the Luiseño Indian word “Temecunga” – “temet” meaning “sun” and “-ngna” which means “place of”. The Spanish interpreted and spelled the word as “ Temecula ” translated to mean “Where the sun breaks through the mist”.