Sjutcanga: Going Back Home

An Afternoon of Exclusive Family Sharing and History

The Tribal Historic and Cultural Preservation (THCP) Department is inviting all Fernandeño Tataviam Tribal Citizens and their family members to private tour and history event! You will be able to listen to the expertise of Tataviam Elders about the history of Siutcanga, ask specific questions to State Archaeologist, and reconnect with the pre-Mission significance of this village and its link to Tataviam families.

Tribal youth are welcome and highly encouraged to join. Brochures will be available with information on Sjutcanga, as well as an interactive station for interested Tribal Monitors.

Los Encinos State Historic Park

Additional information: Please call THCP at 818-837-0794 ext. 208.


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 of its veterans.

In Formation:

Ted Garcia*
United States Army, 1969 – 1971, Vietnam War

Collin Hebert*
United States Navy, 2008 – 2012, Sonar Technician Submarine Third Class Petty Officer

Dustin Folks
United States Marine and Iraqi war veteran

David Rios*
United States Navy, 1996 – 2000

Jack Rios*
United States Army, April 1968 – January 1970, Vietnam War

*These Tataviam will be honored for serving in the armed forces during the 10th Annual Night with the Stars in Universal City, also known as the Tataviam village of Cahuenga.

Employment Opportunities

Welcome are pleased to announce employment opportunities within the Tataviam territory,CA.Available Openings are updated on a continuous basis. If a position is listed on this site it is currently available.



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Tribal Elder Job Placement

The Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians and Pukúu Cultural Community Services are pleased to announce is part of the national network of organizations to host Tribal Elder Job Placement.

NICOA Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

The National Indian Council on Aging, Inc. (NICOA), through the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), is part of a network of national organizations and state governments that offer the only federally assisted job training program focused on the needs of low income older adults. SCSEP is authorized by the Older Americans Act Title V and administered through grants from the U.S. Department of Labor. NICOA, which has been a grantee since 1989, was awarded a new competitive grant in 2012. SCSEP fits well within NICOA’s overall mission to advocate for improved comprehensive health, social services, and economic well being for American Indian and Alaska Native Elders.


The NICOA SCSEP mission is to provide opportunity for low income elders through:

  • paid  training
  • meaningful community service
  • skills development

The goals of SCSEP are to transition participants into unsubsidized employment so that they can achieve economic self-sufficiency, and to promote useful opportunities in community service.

Who is eligible to participate in SCSEP?

Anyone is eligible that is at least 55 years old (there is no upper age limit), unemployed, and who is a member of a family with an income that is not more than 125 percent of the family income levels established by the Federal government (Health & Human Services poverty levels).  Although NICOA has a special purpose in working with American Indian elders, it is not required that applicants be Native American to participate in SCSEP.

Priorities for enrollment include eligible persons who have one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Veteran or qualifying spouse of a veteran
  • Age 65 or older
  • Limited English or low literacy skills
  • Reside in a rural area
  • Disabled
  • Low employment prospects
  • Failed to find employment through the employment One-Stop System
  • Homeless or at risk of becoming homeless

Download and complete the pre-application: NICOA-Pre Application

Learn more visit these websites:
National Indian Council on Aging, Inc.:
California SCSEP state website:

Tataviam Reunion (Days)

Historically the tribal community of the San Fernando Mission have gathered annually. This year family members have organized our annual family gathering.

On June 1st, Tataviam Family members will gather in Mission Hills, California to celebrate our native history and culture, our blood lines, and our many personal family stories. All the familes are warmly invited to attend what might be a one of the largest Tataviam community events.

Potluck, Family games, Children games, and much more…

Order your Tataviam Family Reunion t-shirt today.

Rudy Ortega Jr.
818-837-0794 or

*Potluck Coordinator
Geri Nuñez
661-992-1483 or

Memorial Services for Austin James Martin, Tribal Senator

Austin Martin, Tribal Senator

Born on March 26, 1984 passed on March 10, 2013. Tribal Senator Austin Martin was a Redlands native and graduate of Redlands East Valley High School, he lived in San Diego and worked as a Pharmacy Technician. Austin a California Native American descendent of the Tataviam, Fernandeno, and Chumash ancestry and a Tribal Senator of the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians.

Senator Martin is survived by his mother Cheryl Martin of Redlands, CA; father Herman Martin of Bristol, R.I. sister Ashley Diaz of Redlands; brother Aaron Martin of Redlands; sister Aftayn Martin of Bristol, RI; brother-in-law Daniel Diaz of Redlands; paternal grandparents Herman and Angie Martin of Bristol, RI; maternal grandparents James & Beverly Folkes of Thousand Oaks, CA, and Ray & Dori Guzman of Tucson, Arizona; along with many loving aunts, uncles, cousins; and 6 nephews Dayne, D.J., Roman, Gabriel; his godchild Seth Austin Diaz; and Chancelar who joins him in heaven. “AHO” God be with you.

Viewing will be at Cortner Chapel, 221 Brookside Ave, Redlands, CA 92373 on Thursday, March 14 from 5-8. Graveside services Friday, March 15 at 11 am at Hillside Memorial Park, 1540 Alessandro Rd, Redlands, CA 92373.

Three Sisters Garden at Our Community School in Chatsworth

After months of hard work and planning, the Three Sisters Garden at Our Community School in Chatsworth was planted by students on Tuesday, June 12th. Parent volunteers arrived early to finish the prep for the garden (involving watering, digging mounds, weeding and fertilizing the area). The school was then honored to receive Rudy Ortega, Mark Villasenor and Kat High, representing the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians and Haramokngna American Indian Cultural Center.

Erin Riley, proprietor of Hope Gardens and parent volunteer who was the founding vision behind the Three Sisters Garden, had this to say:

“As the garden coordinator for Our Community School, it has been my dream to have the entire school participate in a 3 Sisters Native American Garden. I could handle the actual planting but with the historical perspective I needed support. I wished for the students to have a genuine cultural experience. It was an absolute joy to have Rudy Ortega and his associates visit the school and so enrich the kids’ 3 Sisters gardening experience with their expertise and gift of song.”

Parent volunteers and teachers escorted classes and different grades to the garden to plant the corn, pole bean and pumpkin seeds, tag them and water them. Chris Ferris, principal of the school, said this about the presentation:

“I think having the tribal members at the school talking, singing, and also wearing normal clothes was a great eye opener for some of the children in the school who think of Native Americans as being people from long ago who wear feathered head-dresses. It was a great experience to break down stereotypes and develop a relationship with the native community in our area. I hope we can work together more next year.”

Our Community School (OCS) is a public San Fernando Valley charter school. Situated on a beautiful campus in Chatsworth, California, the school serves elementary (K-7) students. OCS will be adding eighth grade in the 2012-2013 school year.

Haramokngna American Indian Cultural Center, located in the Angeles National Forest, provides a place where the Native American community can educate visitors about the inter-relationship of Native American culture, environment, spirituality, heritage, and history at a traditional gathering place of the Five Tribes of the San Gabriel Mountains.

The Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians’ ancestral lands stretches across the northern part of Los Angeles County, from the San Fernando Valley through the Antelope Valley. The Tataviam people have continued to maintain a tribal government since time immemorial.



Nature, History to Share Spotlight at New Vasquez Center

By Katalin Szabolcsi | June 21, 2012

Four decades in the making, it is finally happening: An Interpretive Center is being built at Vasquez Rocks County Park. It is expected to be open later this year.

“The establishment of the Vasquez Rocks Interpretive Center is a major milestone for those of us who appreciate and study the natural history and the history of the upper Santa Clara Valley area,” said Albert Knight, a renowned Southern California archaeologist. “Local residents, students of all ages and visitors will all have the opportunity to look, learn and be inspired, in a comfortable setting, by the bountiful resources of the region.”

Vasquez Rocks is the most archaeologically rich park in the Los Angeles County park system. Its boundaries contain several prehistoric human occupation sites, and of course the legend of its namesake, Tiburcio Vasquez. It is also home to a large range of archetypal Southern California flora and fauna.

In the early 1970s another Southland archaeologist, Chester King, performed extensive work at Vasquez Rocks and suggested a museum or interpretive center be erected to protect and promote the area’s historical wealth.

Twenty years passed before county officials started the ball rolling. In the mid-1990s the first funding was earmarked for the project, much to the joy of Art Brewer, a member of the Vasquez Rocks Nature Center Associates who had also advocated the construction of a museum dedicated to the park’s native American history.

Brewer, of Agua Dulce, had a large collection of artifacts found on private properties in the area and hoped his collection would one day be displayed at Vasquez Rocks.

He didn’t live to see the construction of the building he fought for, but his daughter, Sarah, carried on the family tradition.

“Although I wish more than anything my dad could have seen this center,” Sarah Brewer said, “I feel that now is the right time for it to finally be built. The original designs for the building were made with love, but they would not have been nearly as efficient as this building.”

The facility will be Los Angeles County’s most environmentally “secure-proof” project, according to Kaye Michelson, a special assistant with the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation.

“This building is the first LEED Platinum (building) to be constructed by Los Angeles County,” Michelson said. “It will be sustainable and environmentally sensitive.”

Platinum is the highest level of “green” construction as defined by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Brewer is clearly a fan of the building’s design.

“This building has the perfect amount of style and modernity while maintaining a cohesiveness with the surroundings,” she said. “I think that once it is complete, it is really going to shine.”

Michelson said the project is funded with $1.27 million from a 1996 state parks bond fund, $109,000 in leftover funds from a 1986 state bond, $3.5 million from county utility users taxes, $1.03 million from vehicle license fees and $3.795 million budgeted by the county last year for Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich’s Fifth District.

Construction started a year ago.

“The stumbling blocks for the Interpretive Center have been many and are very emotional,” said Brewer. “This is a very passionate community, and although it is rather complicated, all I can say is that everyone has a different opinion on the center, which has made it a long road to where it stands now.”

Designs were completed by Brooks+Scarpa Architects, and Brewer said the architects and construction contractors worked closely with the Agua Dulce community. Two years ago the Agua Dulce Town Council appointed a committee to serve as a liaison between the council and the designers and builders. Brewer said the two companies have been “tremendously responsive” to the community’s suggestions.

“I was lucky to be a part of this committee,” Brewer said, “and we have some really great people on this team. The builders and designers have walked us through, step by step, the design process of this building, and I have a great deal of respect for them because this is a very close-knit community that is very particular about how things are done. That is part of what has kept Agua Dulce the rural gem that it is.”

The Interpretive Center will be located near the entrance of the park, just west of the old ranger station, which has been restored and will serve as the park staff office, Michelson said.

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