Update: On Thursday, January 5, 2017, Tribal President Rudy Ortega Jr. and members of the Tribe’s federal recognition team met with Kerry Cavanaugh at the Los Angeles Times (the Times) offices in Los Angeles.

The recognition team includes Dr. Duane Champagne, Professor of Sociology and American Indian Studies at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and Carole Goldberg, Jonathan D. Varat Distinguished Professor of Law, Vice Chancellor, and Academic Personnel at UCLA. The meeting was held to overview the Tribe’s current status, affairs, and the arduous federal recognition process in which the Tribe is currently under review.

L to R: Carole Goldberg, Rudy Ortega Jr., and Duane Champagne at the Los Angeles Times.

On November 26, 2016, Kerry Cavanaugh, an editorial writer of the Times, wrote an informative opinion article highlighting local efforts to recognize the first peoples of Los Angeles (View original Article).

The Los Angeles City Council is considering joining a movement to replace Columbus Day with an official holiday called Indigenous Peoples Day, to recognize the contributions, as well as the suffering, of the nation’s original inhabitants. The movement, led by the LA City/County Native American Indian Commission (NAIC), has triggered a significant amount of attention by both native and non-native inhabitants of Los Angeles.

Chairman of the NAIC, as well as Tribal President of the Fernandeño Tataviam Tribe, Rudy Ortega Jr., is seen on the cover photo of the article blessing the gathering at LA City hall.

To stay updated on future hearings at LA City Hall regarding Indigenous Peoples Day, please check our calendar.