The Tribal Senate is composed of nine (9) members, elected from the two (2) Legislative Tribal Districts of the Tribe who are responsible with setting tribal policies, creating government programs and committed working towards self-determination. The Vice President of the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians serves as Chair of the Senate.

Darlene Marie Villaseñor

Chair of Senate, Vice President

Mark Joseph Villasenor


Michael Eric Ortega

Tribal Senator

Steven Ortega

Tribal Senator

Francine Salas

Tribal Senator

Raymond Salas

Tribal Senator

Standing Committees

  • Legislative Committee

    Responsible for the development of tribal laws relating to their Legislative authorities under the Constitution of the Fernandeño Tataviam.

  • Finance Committee

    Responsible for receiving, reviewing, and/or developing all proposed Legislation relating to the fiscal policy of the Fernandeño Tataviam. The Finance Committee shall ensure all branches, offices and departments are operating within approved fiscal policy.

  • Human Resources Committee

    Responsible for proposed legislation dealing with services to tribal citizens and employees of the Fernandeño Tataviam Tribe.

  • Land Development Committee

    Responsible for proposed legislation pertaining to the acquisition, leasing, disposition, and management of real property of the Fernandeño Tataviam.

  • Tribal Historic and Cultural Preservation Committee

    Responsible for proposed legislation pertaining to cultural resources environmental protection, historic preservation, the Tribal Historic and Cultural Preservation Department and related non-departmental issues. The Committee shall advise the Department on implementation of policy and procedures, including personnel, programming, management, maintaining professionalism with other agencies and mediation. With the permission of the Chair, the Committee may be composed of other persons, such as scholars and historians, but they shall not be allowed to vote on proposed legislation.

  • Education and Cultural Learning Committee

    Responsible for proposed Legislation pertaining to tribal education services, cultural learning activities and the Department.

  • Health Committee

    Responsible for proposed Legislation pertaining to tribal health care programs and services.