The EBKI Tribal Government
A federally recognized Indian Tribe serving its Tribal citizens within our aboriginal, indigenous lands.
The Ewiiaapaayp Reservation Reservation lands reserved are a small percentage of aboriginal Indian lands, were carved from the most productive lands that were assigned to private ranchers, with the official lands map hand marked with the description "absolutely worthless."
The Reservation narrow valley lies in the Laguna Mountains of east San Diego County at 5,000 ft to 6,400 feet in elevation among three steep ridges. The Reservation remains today off-grid to the public electric grid and unconnected to wireline, fixed wireless, and mobile wireless telecommunications services, and accessed by a 12-mile, single land dirt road without right-of-way, rising 1,000 feet from Old Highway 80.
Ewiiaapaayp is advancing projects for: an alternate access road of 3/4 of a mile from the west boundary of the Big Ewiiaapaayp section to Sunrise Highway (S-1) via US Forest Service Cleveland National Forest roads; broadband deployment via underground fiber optic media in conduit; and electrification by connection to the San Diego Gas & Electric public grid via underground electric conductor in conduit.
Today the Reservation is divided between the Big Ewiiaapaayp section of 5,460.13 acres in the Laguna Mountains of east San Diego County, California, and the Little Ewiiaapaayp section of 10.02 acres in the unincorporated community of east San Diego County, California. The Little Ewiiaapaayp section is leased to the Southern Indian Health Council, Inc., a Tribal health consortium of seven Kumeyaay Tribes.
Past Ewiiaapaayp Tribal Chairman Tony J. Pinto was among the founding members of the Southern Indian Health Council, and the Tribe maintains his dedication to the continued excellence in practice and necessary improvements to the Tribal clinic as the highest priority. Ewiiaapaayp's next priority is to put to productive use its Tribal trust estate, which is challenging due to the lack of infrastructure and absence of natural resources.