The Tribe Continues To Help Its Community Thanks to Seventh Generation Fund For Indigenous Peoples.

San Fernando, Ca. – Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians (FTBMI) today announced being a recipient of critical funding from Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples (SGF) in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic resulting in COVID-19. Through the generosity of SGF, the FTBMI will continue to support the well-being and health of its tribal community and Indigenous Peoples residing in its homelands.

Soon after the onset of the outbreak, the SGF released the Flicker Fund as an opportunity for Indigenous communities to respond to the COVID19 pandemic. The Flicker Fund is unique in that is supports traditional healing practices, health and wellness needs, and traditional knowledge, all of which are critical needs for the FTBMI. This grant will support the FTBMI’s efforts through health promotion, prevention and intervention. 

“This grant from Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples will allow the Fernandeño Tataviam Tribe to continue providing much needed support to our tribal community,” said Tribal President Rudy Ortega, Jr. 

When schools shuttered on March 16th, FTBMI jumped to action by organizing an emergency food program just two days later. The Tribe’s COVID19 Supportive Services  Program has grown, expanding beyond food, to include other basic essentials such as feminine hygiene products and diapers and wipes to some of its more vulnerable populations such as elders, differently abled, and ICWA involved families.  The FTBMI COVID19 Supportive Services Program operates throughout its homelands in the northern half of Los Angeles county- San Fernando, Santa Clarita, Antelope and Simi valleys. Since March, the FTBMI has expanded its online reach by hosting ceremony, cultural gatherings, and youth-based programs through virtual platforms that will be streamed onto a virtual hub currently being developed. 

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