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!

“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.

Indigenous Peoples Day: San Fernando

San Fernando is the first city in Los Angeles County to recognize the second Monday of October as Indigenous People’s Day!

(Resolution No. 7703)

While Columbus Day celebrates the destructive ideas behind settler-colonialism: genocide and manifest destiny, Indigenous Day praises the countless human beings and ancestors lost, and the cultures that endured genocide and still continue to persist today, against all odds. 

Indigenous Peoples Day teaches the general public to recognize the lives of Indigenous Peoples as sovereign peoples, both alive and deceased, rather than a minority group. Most importantly, this day gives Indigenous Peoples, themselves, a platform, voice, and sense of co-existence within a still-existent colonial paradigm.

View the San Fernando Valley Sun Article here

R to L: James Ramos of San Manuel (San Bernardino County Supervisor, Rudy Ortega Jr. of Tataviam (Tribal President), Mark Villaseñor of Tataviam (Tribal Secretary), and Ray Rivera.




L.A. River Greenway Trail in Studio City

On Friday, September 25,  2015 Rudy Ortega Jr., Tribal President and Mark Villasenor, Secretary of the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians were part of the groundbreaking ceremony for the L.A. River Greenway Trail Project in Studio City! The L.A. River Greenway Trail Project will restore habitat in a first-of-its-kind ecosystem-based design that will plant over 4,000 native trees and plants and install an urban runoff capture system to naturally improve water quality in the L.A. River.

Senator Bob Hertzberg, Esther Feldman, Joel Laskin and Rudy Ortega Jr.

Senator Bob Hertzberg, Esther Feldman, Joel Laskin and Rudy Ortega Jr.

Groundbreaking for the L.A. River Greenway Trail in Studio City

article Knight Introduces Saint Francis Dam Memorial Bill, Castaic Wilderness Act

(Santa Clarita) Congressman Steve Knight, CA-25, introduced the Saint Francis Dam Disaster National Memorial and Castaic Wilderness Act in Washington D.C. Wednesday morning.

H.R. 3153, would authorize a national memorial to commemorate the more than 400 people killed by the collapse of the St. Francis Dam on March 12, 1928, according to officials. The bill would also help educate the public about the historical event.

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