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San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
Total population
Regions with significant populations
 United States ( California)
English, Serrano
Related ethnic groups
other Serrano people

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a federally recognized tribe of Serrano people in San Bernardino County.[1][2] The band is made up of the Yuhaviatam clan of Serrano people, who have traditionally lived in the San Bernardino Mountains.[3] The other Serrano tribe is the Morongo Band of Mission Indians.


The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is headquartered in Patton, California.[4] The tribe is governed by a democratically elected, seven-person tribal council,[3] and their current tribal chairperson is Lynn Valbuena.[4]


San Manuel Reservation () is a federally recognized Indian reservation in San Bernardino County. Originally, it was 658 acres large,[2] but has expanded to 800 acres. Established in 1891, the reservation was named for Santos Manuel, a prominent tribal leader.[3]

Economic development

Lamb of God playing at Ozzfest at the San Manuel Amphitheater in Devore, 2007

The San Manuel band employs over 3000 people and is one of the primary employers in the Inland Empire region of California.[3] They own and operate San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino, Serrano Buffet, The Pines, SportsWatch Grill, Tutu's Food Court, and Snack Shack, all located in Highland, California. They also fund the San Manuel Amphitheater, located near Devore, California.[5]

See also


  1. ^ "San Manuel Reservation." SDSU: California Indians and Their Reservations. 2011. Retrieved 25 Nov 2012.
  2. ^ a b Pritkzer 143
  3. ^ a b c d "Tribal Government." San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. Retrieved 25 Nov 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Tribal Directory." National Congress of American Indians. Retrieved 25 Nov 2012.
  5. ^ "San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino San Bernardino." 500 Nations. Retrieved 25 Nov 2012.


  • Pritzker, Barry M. A Native American Encyclopedia: History, Culture, and Peoples. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. ISBN 978-0-19-513877-1

External links

  • San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, official website
  • Serrano, Four Directions Institute
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