The Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians (“the Tribe”) is committed to the guardianship of its people and has passed legislation to registered individuals of Fernandeño Tataviam ancestry. The Office of Tribal Citizenship (OTC) is designated to receive and process applications for Fernandeño Tataviam citizenship pursuant to the provisions of the Fernandeño Tataviam Constitution and Laws.

Registration for Tribal Citizenship is the tribal governmental process of registering individuals who descend from a progenitor of the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians by the Office of Tribal Citizenship. The legislative body, Tribal Senate that grants the permanent and official record, approves Fernandeño Tataviam citizenship of individual.

Fernandeño Tataviam Citizenship is an individual’s existence of being a tribal citizen and is fundamental to the realization of individual’s rights and practical needs with the Tribe to maintain tribal relations. Securing the tribal citizen’s right to the Tribe helps ensure access to basic services, including health care, school enrichment programs, and some other tribal programs at the right age.

Registration for Tribal Citizenship
The purpose of Fernandeño Tataviam Tribal citizenship secures an individual’s rights and practical needs with the Tribe, plus grants some access to basic services:

  • To be eligible Tribal TANF (depending on the area of residence).
  • To receive health care at Indian Health Services (depending on the area of residence).
  • To be eligible for education or scholarship from organizations.
  • To acquire Fernandeño Tataviam Tribal Citizenship Card for identification purpose.
  • To receive available services through the Fernandeño Tataviam tribal departments and programs, i.e. burial

Tribal Citizenship Criteria
In accordance with the Constitution Article 6 and Tribal Code Section 2, Chapter 2 of the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians provides the criteria and eligibility for tribal citizenship. 

Requirements of Eligibility

Fernandeño Tataviam Tribal Citizenship of the Tribe consist of the following persons who are not enrolled citizens/members of any other tribe:

  • Any person identified as Fernandeno or San Fernando whose name appeared on the roll of California Indians prepared pursuant to Section 7 of the Act of May 18, 1928 (45 Stat. 602), as amended by the Act of April 29, 1930 (46 Stat. 259), and by the Act of June 30, 1948 (62 Stat. 1166), and by the Act of May 24, 1950 (64 Stat. 189), and by the Act of September 21, 1968 (82 Stat. 860).
  • Any person who is a lineal descendant of Fernandeno or San Fernando on the roll of California Indians in accordance to Section 1a above.
  • Any person who is a lineal descendant of an enrolled citizen of the Tribe.

Citizenship Registration Forms