March 1, 2015

Tejon Indian Tribe

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The Tejon Indian Tribe of California is a federally recognized tribe of Kitanemuk, Yokuts, and Chumash indigenous people of California. 

Official Tribal Name: Tejon Indian Tribe

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Recognition Status: Federally Recognized

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Region: California

State(s) Today: California

Traditional Territory: Their ancestral homeland was in the southern San Joaquin Valley, San Emigdio Mountains, and Tehachapi Mountains.

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Reservations:  No reservation today. Sebastian Indian Reservation (1853-1864), also known as Tejohn Indian Reservation

The Sebastian Indian Reservation (1853-1864) was established in 1853 by Edward F. Beale on Rancho El Tejon lands, that became part of the Tejon Ranch. It was the first Indian reservation in California.

Land Area:  At its establishment it was 763,000 acres large but was reduced to 25,000 acres. However, in 1863 Beale purchased Rancho El Tejon for his private use. 100 Indians stayed on his lands when the reservation was dissolved. Many Indians were forcibly relocated at gunpoint to a new reservation which was established near Porterville in Tulare County.

Tribal Headquarters:  Wasco and Bakersfield, California
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Population at Contact: Around 2,000.

Registered Population Today: About 734 enrolled members as of 2011.

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