Indigenous Peoples Day Press Conference at L.A. City Hall

Indigenous artists and organizers stand with Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell (center-right) and Tribal President Rudy Ortega Jr. (right) at Los Angeles City Hall.

 

On Monday, September 10, 2018, Tribal President Rudy Ortega Jr., who also serves as the Chairman of the Los Angeles City-County Native American Indian Commission (LANAIC), met with Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and organizers at Los Angeles City Hall to announce the artist set to perform on Indigenous Peoples Day (IDP).

The first official Indigenous Peoples Day celebration in the City and County of Los Angeles will take place on Monday, October 8, 2018, 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM, at Los Angeles City Hall and Grand Park. Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell is partnering with the LANAIC to host this historic event. A sunrise ceremony, 5K Run/Walk, Parade of Nations, Pow Wow, panel discussions pertaining to the Native American Community, a fashion show and a grand finale concert by Native American rock group Redbone will be among the list of activities.

In 2014, Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell partnered with the LANAIC to spearhead the City of Los Angeles’ observance of Indigenous Peoples Day. Last year, the City officially recognized Indigenous Peoples Day as the second Monday in October. In a celebratory response, Councilmember O’Farrell and the LANAIC are hosting this momentous event on the traditional lands of Yaanga (Downtown Los Angeles).

The Tribe is composed of three lineages now known by the surname of their land-grant holding progenitors: Ortega lineage (Suitcabit), Garcia lineage (Tujubit), and Ortiz lineage (Cabuepet). These three lineages trace to over twenty-six villages located in the present-day jurisdiction of Los Angeles County. The Ortiz Lineage, in particular, descends from ancestor Maria Dolores, who was removed from her village of Yaanga (downtown Los Angeles) in the Spanish Period and baptized and married at 17 years old.

In 2015, the City of San Fernando became the first city in Los Angeles County to host Indigenous Peoples Day; an effort that was led by the Tribe for all indigenous peoples who call San Fernando their home. A year later, the Tribe, in partnership with the City of San Fernando and Pukúu Cultural Community Services, hosted the first Indigenous Peoples Day Festival in San Fernando.