COMMUNITY ADVOCATES PROJECT

Tataviam Tribe receives award from Native Americans in Philanthropy and the Common Counsel Foundation for Community Advocates Project

February 14, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TATAVIAM TRIBE RECEIVES SUPPORT FOR COMMUNITY ADVOCATES PROJECT

The Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians is proud to announce it was awarded the Native Voices Rising grant from Native Americans in Philanthropy and the Common Counsel Foundation. The award was for a grassroots project to empower the Tataviam people, the people facing the sun.

Native Americans in Philanthropy and the Common Counsel Foundation partners to support grassroots groups and tribal communities, based upon their exhaustive nationwide “research on the state of Native-led organizing and advocacy.” Through their 2013 grantmaking, $216,400 was allocated to 32 organizations.

The goal of the Tataviam Community Advocates Project is to empower tribal citizens by giving them tools necessary to advocate for the Tataviam community’s needs. Specifically, the selected community advocates will be trained by partners to learn how to make their voice heard in the political, social and commercial circles.  

The Tataviam CAP is now accepting applications from its tribal citizens for this program which covers communication, direct action, leadership and storytelling. The Tataviam Tribe will launch the Tataviam CAP in spring of this year.

Contact Tribal Administration office: administration@tataviam-nsn.us

Tataviam American Indian Education Center

The Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians (the Tribe) proudly announces the establishment of the Tataviam American Indian Education Center. In 2014 the Tataviam AIEC will launch its kindergarten through high school support services to American Indian students living within Tataviam territory.

The Tribe’s Education and Cultural Learning Department welcomes the Tataviam American Indian Education Center into its family of services. Currently the Tribe operates the Teaching and Mentoring Indian Tarahat (TAMIT) project which helps prepare Native high school students in L.A. County for college. Invested in “Inspiring Brilliance in Native Youth,” the Department strives to empower Tataviam and other Native youth living within Los Angeles.

A Vision. The Tribe is taking an inclusive and comprehensive approach in this project, partnering with urban American Indian organizations and university programs to establish the Tataviam American Indian Education Center, in addition to providing needed services and programming.  The Tribe is committed towards generating a systematic change in the L.A. Urban Indian community, using education to foster healthy tribal communities.

A Community. The Tribe would like to thank our many partners who are committed to the Tataviam American Indian Education Center including the Autry National Center, California State University Northridge (American Indian Studies Program and Educational Opportunity Program), Etiquette Plus Empowerment, Haramokngna Indian Cultural Center, Los Angeles City County Native American Indian Commission, Los Angeles Unified School District- Title VII, Pukúu Cultural Community Services, University California Los Angeles (American Indian Recruitment, American Indian Studies Interdepartmental Program, Early Academic Outreach Program, Fowler Museum, and Tribal Learning Cultural and Education Exchange), University California Riverside – Native American Student Programs, University of Redlands – Native American Student Programs, and Walking Shield Inc. We are grateful to other supporting organizations including Aszkenazy Development Incorporated, United American Indian Involvement, and Valley Economic Development Center.

Contact the TAMIT project to enroll as a volunteer mentor by calling: (818) 837-0794 or via email: TAMIT@tataviam-nsn.us

We’ve Moved

We are excited to announce that the Fernandeno Tataviam Band of Mission Indians has moved its offices to a new location in the City of San Fernando. We spent the previous ten years in a building a few blocks away from our new location. Our old office served us well, and we made great memories there, but we couldn’t be more excited about our new space.

The new office is actually a historic house in the civil area of San Fernando near Maclay Street, putting us right near the downtown area. We look at this new location as the start of another chapter in our long history. If you are in the area, feel free to stop in and say hi!

A New Office & An Open House

We’re hosting an open house at our new location, and we’d love to see you there!

In mid July we moved into a historic building to provide more room for our growing programs and partnerships.

Come check out our new office and help us celebrate our expanding programs to better serve our people.

When:
Tuesday, September 25, 2012

from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Where:
Tribal Administration/Pukúu new office
1019 Second Street, San Fernando, CA 91340

Same Phone numbers:
Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians
(818) 837-0794

Pukúu Cultural Community Servcies
(818) 336-6105

Tataviam Awarded $1Million Dollar Education Grant

California Tribe Envisions a Bright Future for American Indian Youth

The U.S. Department of Education awarded the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians a grant to address educational achievement of American Indian high school students throughout Los Angeles County.

EDUCATION – LEADERSHIP – CULTURE – SUSTAINABILITY

The TAMIT (Teaching and Mentoring Indian Tarahat) program is an education and leadership development initiative through community building, using non-traditional and traditional American Indian teaching methods while incorporating Indigenous values to:

TAMIT is the beginning of a modular program focusing on the educational growth of high school students from rising 9th graders to exiting 12th graders. The goal of the program is to foster a system change toward a future where American Indian youth obtain a college education. We will involve the community to provide tutoring and mentorship. After the 4-year support through the Indian Demonstration Grant, we hope to expand the program to create an educational pipeline from pre- to post- education through extensive partnerships with numerous sectors.

Based upon current evidence-based models across the country, TAMIT will provide a “safety net” of social services in addition to the 4 program elements of (1) academics, (2) college preparation, (3) leadership development, and (4) enhanced learning.

Beyond forming a college prep program, the Tribe is committed to system change in the L.A. Indian community. Rather than create 1 large tutoring center, the Tribe took an inclusive, comprehensive approach geared to empower all L.A. tribal communities through the development of partnership with American Indian organizations. Using education to foster a change toward healthy tribal communities, TAMIT proposes 5 key approaches to building a effective program including Sustainability & Collaborations, Community Engagement, Role Modeling, Family Involvement and Capacity Building.

Media Contact: Pamela Villaseñor: email – (818) 837-0794 ext. 206

Rudy Ortega Jr. elected new Chairman of the LA Indian Commission

The Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission of Mission Indians is very pleased to announce that Rudy Ortega Jr., (Fernandeño Tataviam), has been elected Chairman of the Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission on Tuesday, March 15, 2011. Other Commission officers elected; Chrissie Castro (Navajo), Vice Chairwoman; Cheri Thomas (Quinault-Yurok), Treasurer; and Duane Champagne (Chippewa), Secretary.

Tribal community service is in Rudy Jr.’s blood and he is one of ten children of our former tribal president, Rudy “Chief Little Bear” Ortega Sr. Following in his father’s footsteps, Rudy Jr. was appointed to serve on the Commission in 2004, twenty-nine years after his father was elected to serve.

The Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission supports a wide range of issues and activities for over 200,000 people of American Indian ancestry. This commission consists of five members appointed by the Board of Supervisors, five members by the Mayor of Los Angeles, and five elected in community-wide elections, plus emeritus member elected within the Commission. The commission’s activities are intergovernmental, providing for legislative advocacy, grantsmanship, community education, and lobbying for over $9 million annually in federal funding to support local agencies.