Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians

Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indian's region stretches from the San Fernando Valley and Santa Clarita Valley to the Antelope Valley and can be traced as far back as 450 A.D. At that time the Tataviam people migrated from the north and settled in villages throughout the area. The villages were constructed on the south-facing sides of hills and mountains because they received the most sun light. Tataviam means "people facing the sun" and describes the Tataviam villages.

Latest News


    Registration for Tribal Citizenship DEADLINE FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2015 AT 5:00 P.M. The Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians (the Tribe) is committed to the guardianship of its people and has passed legislation to registered individuals with Fernandeño Tataviam ancestry. Registration for Tribal Citizenship is the tribal governmental registering process to allow individuals who descend […]

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  • Tataviam Tribe Objects To Canonization Of Junipero Serra In Establishing The Devastating Mission System In California

    On March 7, 2015, the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians attended the conference with Auxiliary Bishop Edward Clark of the Los Angeles Archdiocese concerning the sainthood of Junipero Serra by Pope Francis. The conference was an educational dialogue between the Catholic Church and the native communities impacted by the mission system. There was one […]

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  • 2014 Veterans Day, Tribe Honors Tataviam Veterans

    In honor of Veterans Day 2014, the Fernandeno Tataviam Band of Mission Indians recognizes our living Tataviam military veterans. Tataviam have served in the United States military beginning with World War I. In continuing with that legacy David Rios said he was “proud to serve this country as a Native American.” And the Tribe is proud […]

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Media Updates

  • Building a Ki’j. Rudy Ortega SR. Park. August 14th 2014.

    On August 14th 2014, volunteers helped out on building a tradition Tataviam Ki’j (house). Filmed at Rudy Ortega Sr. Park, San Fernando, CA.

  • Pukuu Global Youth Service Day

    As part of the National Global Youth Service Day, Saturday, April 12, 2014 Pukuu Cultural Community held an amazing day for community young people to volunteer a day of service at Rudy Ortega Sr. Park. Many tribal youth participated in Pukuu’s event and took action to clean and release hundreds of ladybugs in the park. […]

  • TAMIT taking LA Native Youth to higher grounds

    Directed by: Jesse Bertel Ickler This film explores the sharp contrast between where the indigenous peoples would like to be and where they stand.