Indigenous Peoples Day Press Conference at L.A. City Hall

Indigenous artists and organizers stand with Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell (center-right) and Tribal President Rudy Ortega Jr. (right) at Los Angeles City Hall.


On Monday, September 10, 2018, Tribal President Rudy Ortega Jr., who also serves as the Chairman of the Los Angeles City-County Native American Indian Commission (LANAIC), met with Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and organizers at Los Angeles City Hall to announce the artist set to perform on Indigenous Peoples Day (IDP).

The first official Indigenous Peoples Day celebration in the City and County of Los Angeles will take place on Monday, October 8, 2018, 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM, at Los Angeles City Hall and Grand Park. Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell is partnering with the LANAIC to host this historic event. A sunrise ceremony, 5K Run/Walk, Parade of Nations, Pow Wow, panel discussions pertaining to the Native American Community, a fashion show and a grand finale concert by Native American rock group Redbone will be among the list of activities.

In 2014, Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell partnered with the LANAIC to spearhead the City of Los Angeles’ observance of Indigenous Peoples Day. Last year, the City officially recognized Indigenous Peoples Day as the second Monday in October. In a celebratory response, Councilmember O’Farrell and the LANAIC are hosting this momentous event on the traditional lands of Yaanga (Downtown Los Angeles).

The Tribe is composed of three lineages now known by the surname of their land-grant holding progenitors: Ortega lineage (Suitcabit), Garcia lineage (Tujubit), and Ortiz lineage (Cabuepet). These three lineages trace to over twenty-six villages located in the present-day jurisdiction of Los Angeles County. The Ortiz Lineage, in particular, descends from ancestor Maria Dolores, who was removed from her village of Yaanga (downtown Los Angeles) in the Spanish Period and baptized and married at 17 years old.

In 2015, the City of San Fernando became the first city in Los Angeles County to host Indigenous Peoples Day; an effort that was led by the Tribe for all indigenous peoples who call San Fernando their home. A year later, the Tribe, in partnership with the City of San Fernando and Pukúu Cultural Community Services, hosted the first Indigenous Peoples Day Festival in San Fernando.

Volunteer: Build a Tataviam Village!


9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Check for Updates

• Water & snacks
• Allergy medication
• Sun protection
• Gardening gloves
• Gardening tools (optional)
• Corny jokes


  • Once you arrive at Rancho Camulos Museum, enter through the red gates and onto the dirt road. Please drive slow.
  • Keep RIGHT. Please be mindful of museum visitors and docents.
  • The road is narrow and will lead you to the southwest corner of the Rancho Camulos Museum property. To your right, you will see the orange orchard. Straight ahead, you will see the Santa Clara riverbed.
  • Park on the dirt area once you see the village on your left-hand side. 

Thank you to our generous helpers who attend the Tataviam Village building days at Rancho Camulos Museum when they can. We are continuously grateful for the helpful hands that take time out of their busy lives to volunteer with us.


Pukúu Cultural Community Services (pukuu) has partnered with the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians (FTBMI) to build a traditional Tataviam village at Coaynga, which translates to the “place of the food”, in present-day Piru, California. Materials sponsored by FivePoint & Santa Clarita Valley Television.

The village, hosted by Rancho Camulos Museum, and sponsored by FivePoint and Santa Clarita Valley Television, includes a kiic (dwelling place), ramada for traditional storytelling, a traditional sweat, and an assortment of native plants!

Click here to watch an interview by SCVTV: