Photo center L to R: Rudy Ortega Jr. (Chairperson, NAIC and Tribal President, Tataviam), Patricia Lopez (Commissioner, NAIC), Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, Chrissie Castro (Vice Chairperson, NAIC), among many celebrating this victory. August 30, 2017.

 

On August 30, 2017, the Los Angeles City Council voted 14-1 in favor of the replacement of Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day every second Monday in October.

The movement, spearheaded by the Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission (NAIC) and Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, has been supported by many for over two years.

The majority of the Tribe’s lineages originate on lands that are now part of the City’s jurisdiction. Therefore, this movement is a crucial step towards recognition of the first people of all regions, as well as those who descend from the lands the City’s jurisdiction now occupies.

Much of the Tribe’s and City’s jurisdictions overlap. Left: Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians Tribal Jurisdiction. Right: City of Los Angeles Jurisdiction.

City of Los Angeles is the second city in Los Angeles County to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. At the request of the Tribe, the City of San Fernando became the first in 2015 to make this change. In a celebratory response, the Tribe now co-hosts the Indigenous Peoples Day festival, which will be held on October 14, 2017 in San Fernando, CA.

NAIC Chairperson Rudy Ortega Jr. (Tribal President) and Vice Chairperson Chrissie Castro were among the many speakers who made public comments against Columbus Day.

“To make us celebrate on any other day would be a further injustice,” said Chrissie Castro, Vice Chairperson, NAIC

 

Celebration at Los Angeles City Hall. August 30, 2017. Photo by Javie Martinez

Many Indigenous peoples and allies came in support of the replacement, and celebratory dances ensued with news of the victory. Here’s to many more.