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Guide to the Santiago "Jim" Meza / Campo Indian Reservation Papers MS 276
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  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Arrangement
  • Biographical / Historical Notes
  • Scope and Content
  • Processing Information
  • Preferred Citation

  • Title: Santiago "Jim" Meza / Campo Indian Reservation Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 276
    Contributing Institution: San Diego History Center Document Collection
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.5 Linear feet (1 box)
    Date (inclusive): 1901-1984
    Abstract: This collection contains papers of Santiago "Jim" Meza and the Campo Indian Reservation, including tribal administration and welfare, Meza's homestead land disputes, and personal papers of Meza and family.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English and Spanish.
    creator: Meza, Santiago

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Accession number 850612A.

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply.


    Items in collection are arranged by subject.

    Biographical / Historical Notes

    The Campo Indian Reservation is located on 15,000 acres in southeastern San Diego County. In 1893, the first portion of the Campo Indian Reservation's territory was patented. The Campo Constitution was passed by the tribal community on July 13, 1975. In 1974, there were 40 people recorded living in Campo Indian Reservation.
    Santiago "Jim" Meza was a Spokesman for the Campo Indian Reservation. He communicated with the United States Department of the Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Field Service of the Mission Indian Agency regarding land conflicts and inheritance, and the request for the election of Spokesmen and Committee Members to represent Campo. Meza also requested welfare assistance for food, clothing, and financial assistance from the Mission Indian Agency, as well as structure repairs and installation of a well to provide a closer source for drinking water.
    Francisco "Frank" Cuero, son of a Campo Indian Reservation Chief and brother of Santiago "Jim" Meza, owned a homestead of 160 acres. Upon Cuero's death, conflicts arose over the land and its inheritance. Meza eventually inheritated the land.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains papers of Santiago "Jim" Meza and the Campo Indian Reservation. Tribal papers include correspondence with federal and local Indian agencies regarding welfare assistance and the election of spokemen and committee members. Documentation is included of Meza's homestead land dispute and inheritance. Personal papers of Meza include medical welfare assistance correspondence and bills, finances, personal correspondence, and photographs, as well as some involving his brother, Francisco "Frank" Cuero.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Aimee Santos on January 3, 2012.
    Collection processed as part of grant project supported by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) with generous funding from The Andrew Mellon Foundation.

    Preferred Citation

    Santiago "Jim" Meza / Campo Indian Reservation Papers, MS 276, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    California. Dept. of Social Welfare.
    Cuero, Francisco
    Meza, Marquita
    Meza, Santiago
    Mission Indian Federation.
    San Diego County (Calif.). Dept. of Public Welfare.
    United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs.
    United States. Dept. of the Interior.
    United States. Mission Indian Commission.
    United States. Office of Indian Affairs. Field Service.
    United States. Office of Indian Affairs. Mission Agency.
    Williams, John, Mrs.
    Williams, John
    Campo (Calif.)
    Campo Indian Reservation (Calif.)
    Campo Indians
    Indian reservations
    Kamia Indians
    San Diego (Calif.)