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Ewiiaapaayp Band of Kumeyaay Indians, California


The Ewiiaapaayp Band of Kumeyaay Indians, formerly known as the Cuyapaipe Community of Diegueno Mission Indians of the Cuyapaipe Reservation, is a federally recognized tribe of Kumeyaay Indians,  who are sometimes known as Mission Indians, located in San Diego County, California. "Ewiiaapaayp" is Kumeyaay for "leaning rock," a prominent feature on the reservation. 

The Cuyapaipe Reservation was established on February 10, 1891, following the executive order of January 12, 1891. The Cuyapaipe Reservation is located 10 miles north of Interstate 8 and 68 miles east of San Diego in Pine Valley and the Laguna Mountains in the southeastern part of San Diego County. The pines and evergreens of the south slopes of Mt. Laguna spread their cover onto the remote lands of the Cuyapaipe, otherwise known as the Ewiiaapaap. Its 4,156 acres, as is true of several nearby reservations, is not “developed.” Access is disapproved on paths that are known only to the two or three residents and a few locals of Mt. Laguna.

In 1986 the Ewiiaapaap Band accepted 8.6 acres into trust as the “Little Cuyapaipe” trust land that is located north of Interstate 8 off the West Willows Road exit. They have since leased the land to the Southern Indian Health Council for $1 rent for 25 years to host the SIHC Clinic.

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