We acknowledge the Cahuilla People as the original stewards of the land on which we now gather. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work with the indigenous people in this place. We pay our respect to the Cahuilla People past, present, and emerging who have been here since time immemorial. 



Greater Palm Springs history dates back long before the arrival of the steam engine. Some archaeological evidence suggests the first Native people have resided in the area for more than 8,000 years.

Today, five tribes representing two major Native cultural groups make their home in the nine-city area that comprises Greater Palm Springs. Those tribes are:



Five other federally recognized tribes of the Cahuilla people that occupy land from Thermal to Banning to Anza include: Cahuilla Band of Mission Indians of the Cahuilla Reservation, Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians of the Los Coyotes Reservation, Morongo Band of Cahuilla Mission Indians of the Morongo Reservation, Ramona Band of Cahuilla, and Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians.

To learn more about the Native American History of Greater Palm Springs, click here.


Spend a day immersing yourself in the rich Native American heritage of Greater Palm Springs by visiting these three museums in and around the destination.

Agua Caliente Cultural Museum 

Cabazon Cultural Museum 

Malki Museum 

Cluster of palm trees in the Indian Canyons
The Indian Canyons, which are the ancestral home of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, are sacred to the tribe. The canyons are filled with Washingtonia filifera palm trees, which provided shelter during the hot months of summer.

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