California is the home to the largest number of Native American tribes and the most diverse indigenous people in the United States. Many of the tribal groups shown on this map speak different languages and have traditions unique to their tribe—their ancestral homelands, established for thousands of years, extend far beyond modern political boundaries. These Native cultures overlap in ways this map cannot show through shared resources, trade, and family relationships.
Click on the map to see a larger version. This map is a work in progress. This page is not an official tribal or national site and is for educational purposes only. Contact us with corrections. Additional information about California Native Americans is available at the California Native American Heritage Commission website.
On June 18, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-15-19, which acknowledges and apologizes on behalf of the State for the historical “violence, exploitation, dispossession and the attempted destruction of tribal communities” which dislocated California Native Americans from their ancestral land and sacred practices. See Press Release.