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“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Luiseno of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 4,980

ROP3 Code: 105916
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: North American Peoples
People Cluster: North American Indigenous
Language: English - (eng)
Religion: Ethnic Religions
Country of Origin: United States

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Majority Located Where

  San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA - 3,090

  Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA - 1,890

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Brief Profile

The Luiseno are a Native American people group in Southern California consisting of seven bands Luiseno tribes. Six have received federal recognition including the Pechanga, La Jolla, Pauma, Soboba, Rincon, Pala. The seventh band, San Luis Rey, has not received federal recognition.

They call themselves Payómkawichum, also spelled Payómkowishum, meaning "People of the West." Only about 30 people still speak their language, Luiseno. However, some bands are seeking to revitalize and preserve the language. They also speak English and many also speak Spanish.

Traditionally, they were mystics, and had a conception of a great, all-powerful, avenging god, which was uncommon for Native American peoples. Hence, the majority adhere to traditional tribal religion and many have easily accepted Roman Catholicism.

Prayer Points

  • Pray God will send people to minister to the physical and spiritual needs of the Luiseno people.
  • Pray God will remove social, cultural, and religious barriers that prevent Luiseno from understanding and accepting God's grace as revealed through the one and only mediator, Jesus Christ.
  • Pray God will work via dreams and other means to reveal the truth found in the message of Jesus Christ alone.

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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesPalaSan Diego-Carlsbad-San MarcosCA1,573
United StatesTemeculaRiverside-San Bernardino-OntarioCA1,370
United StatesLa JollaSan Diego-Carlsbad-San MarcosCA700
United StatesRinconSan Diego-Carlsbad-San MarcosCA631
United StatesSobobaRiverside-San Bernardino-OntarioCA520
United StatesPauma ValleySan Diego-Carlsbad-San MarcosCA186