Barona Band Of Mission Indians


The Barona Band of Mission Indians is recognized by the United States Government as a sovereign government.

Tribal Council

Barona is governed by a General Council, which is comprised of approximately 240 voting members of the tribe. The General Council meets monthly. In addition, there is a Tribal Council comprised of seven elected tribal officials.


Clifford LaChappa

Raymond Welch
Vice Chairman

Melissa Donayre

Beth Glasco

Bonnie LaChappa

Adam Reyes

Edward "Joe" Welch, Sr.

Gaming Commission

Another branch of the tribal government is the Barona Gaming Commission. It is comprised of appointed tribal members who cannot be employed by the tribe or the casino in any other aspect. The Gaming Commission is responsible for regulating casino activities as mandated by the 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, the Tribe's Gaming Ordinance, and the Tribal/State compact, including employee and vendor licensing.

Kevin Van Wanseele

Joseph "Jo Jo" Banegas

Harold Hill, Jr.

Manuel Navarro

Joseph Yeats

Barona Cultural Center & Museum

San Diego County's unique museum on an Indian reservation dedicated to the perpetuation and presentation of the local Native culture. click here

Barona Indian Charter School

B.I.C.S. a public K-8 charter maintains its small private wholesome environment with the advantages of a fully credentialed faculty and state-of-the-art technology.  click here

Barona Recreation Center

The recreation center is located on the Reservation of the Barona Band of Mission Indians at 1095 Barona Road, Lakeside, CA 92040.  click here

Barona Fire Department

Barona Fire Protection District was established in 1998 to provide its own positive, professional, and dedicated fire service to the residents and patrons of the Barona Reservation. click here

Tribal Enforcement

The members of the Barona Tribal Enforcement Detail strive to provide the best possible security services to the Barona Tribal Community as well as to the visitors that come upon Tribal Lands. Their goal is to provide for a safe and secure quality of life to the members of the Barona Band of Mission Indians and their guests.   click here

Signatus Growth Enterprise Corp.

Signatus is wholly owned by the Barona Band of Mission Indians, and is chartered under Section 17 of the Indian Reorganization Act. The Corporation is operated by a seven-member Board of Directors, which is appointed by the Barona Tribal Council.  
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