Indians of San Fernando: Ancient, Historic, and Present

Please join us on Sunday, March 6, 2016, as the Tribe will be hosting an informative historical lecture from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at San Fernando Recreation Park (208 Park Ave, San Fernando, CA 91340). This event is RSVP only as we have a set number of seating available, so please sign up below.

This presentation will focus on the distinct and extensive community of the lineages and villages that make up the present-day Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians (Tribe). It will provide a brief overview of the history of San Fernando Indians and their involvement within the greater Los Angeles County community, and will include land grant and dispossession cases that involve ancestors of the Tribe.

The discussion will also touch on the social, linguistic, and ceremonial identities that make up the body of the Tribe. Additionally, it will summarize the three lineages of the Tribe (Ortega, Garcia, and Ortiz), their associated villages, their leadership roles, and their relations to neighboring Native American identities.

Lastly, the presentation focuses on the arduous federal recognition process and the Tribe’s current state under the review process.

We hope that you will RSVP and join us on this special day!

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“THIS PLACE IS OURS”—Tataviam Families Return to Mission San Fernando

Saturday, October 24th was an unforgettable day. Tataviam families gathered to receive the Walk for the Ancestors, taking over the plaza of Mission San Fernando for three hours with storytelling, traditional songs, and dance. It was the first time in memorable history that the Tataviam community has gathered at the mission grounds for purposes other than a funeral. Joined by other indigenous people and non-native supporters, over 100 of us stood together.

Tataviam Joins Discussions Promoting Tribal Unity

On Sunday October 18, 2015, Tataviam joined the Large Land Base Tribal Nations Task Force discussions, which advocate for the unique issues of the large land base tribes, and aim to promote unity and cooperation among all tribes to preserve tribal sovereignty, lands, culture, and quality of life for all.