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Inaja Band
of Diegueño Mission Indians
Flag of the Inaja-Cosmit Band of Indians.PNG
Flag of the Inaja Band-Cosmit Band
Total population
Regions with significant populations
United States (California)
Ipai, Kumeyaay, English, Yuman branch of Hokan linguistic group.
Traditional tribal religion,
Christianity (Roman Catholicism)
Related ethnic groups
other Kumeyaay tribes, Cocopa,
Quechan, Paipai and Kiliwa

The Inaja Band of Diegueño Mission Indians of the Inaja and Cosmit Reservation is a federally recognized tribe of Kumeyaay Indians, who are sometimes known as Mission Indians.


The Inaja and Cosmit Reservation (33°00′38″N 116°38′30″W / 33.01056°N 116.64167°W / 33.01056; -116.64167) is a federal Indian reservation located 36 miles northeastern San Diego County, California, near Julian. It is accessible via Interstate 8 east and California Route 67 north.The reservation is 880 acres (3.6 km2) large with a population of approximately 15. The reservation consists of two parcels of land, one Inaja, the other Cosmit, that sit at the base the Cuyamaca Peak and is accessed only by one unpaved road that is usually fenced off to prevent trespassers. Older houses exist at Inaja, but harsh winter conditions and lack of facilities hinder development. Cosmit used to have residences and tribal dances and fiestas in years past.

The reservation was established in 1875. In 1973, none of the 21 enrolled members lived on the reservation.The Tribe is federally recognized.


The reservation is served by the Julian Union Elementary School District and Julian Union High School District.

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