General Registration for Citizenship

Open Enrollment

June 1, 2018

STEP 1: ELIGIBILITY (GENEALOGY)

You must demonstrate that your lineal ancestor (Progenitor) is either Category (A) or Category (B):

Category (A)

Under Category A, you must demonstrate that your lineal ancestor (Progenitor) is on the following censuses:

Category (B)

Under Category B, you must demonstrate that your lineal ancestor (Progenitor) is enrolled with the Tribe, and is listed on the Tribal Roll:

STEP 2: TRIBAL RELATIONS EVIDENCE

You must demonstrate that your  lineal ancestor (Progenitor) maintained tribal relations prior to 1968. Applicant must present evidence documenting a lineal ancestor’s participation in one or more of the following:

Fernandeño Tatavíam tribal government sanctioned activities including tribal government sponsored events; social, youth, or elders’ programs; internship or education assistance; business development and business training programs; tribal land claims or judicial proceedings implicating the Tribe or its citizens; identification as a tribal captain; serving as elected or appointed tribal leadership or participation in tribal political organization; or

Fernandeño Tatavíam tribal community organized work and labor; gatherings; protests; special interest meetings; serving as a godparent demonstrated in baptism records; participation as a witness in marriage ceremonies and attendance at religious ceremonies, festivals, funerals and celebrations of any denomination recognized and attended by other tribal citizens.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION

PLEASE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING WITH YOUR APPLICATION

ORIGINALS

The Tribe requires an applicant’s ORIGINAL application for Tribal Citizenship. The OTC Clerk will make a copy. 

The Tribe requires an ORIGINAL CERTIFIED copy of the applicant’s Birth Certificate. The OTC Clerk will make a copy. 

The Tribe requires an applicant’s ORIGINAL Social Security Card. The OTC Clerk will make a copy. 

COPIES

The Tribe will accept a COPY of this document. The OTC Clerk will make a copy. 

The Tribe will accept a COPY of the Certificate of Death for the Tribal parent, if applicable. The OTC Clerk will make a copy. 

The Tribe will accept a COPY of any evidence submitted to prove Tribal Relations. The OTC Clerk will make a copy. 

Definitions:

Tribal Roll means the  list of enrolled citizens of the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians.

Tribal List means the historic lists or censuses recognized by the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians.

a person from which a person descends; an ancestor or parent.

Same as progenitor, except this person is in the direct line of ancestry. Examples: mother/father, grandmother/grandfather, great-grandmother/great-grandfather. 

Direct ancestors ARE NOT aunts/uncles, cousins, etc.

Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians, a native sovereign nation of northern Los Angeles County. For information on the Tribe, please visit www.tataviam-nsn.us

The Office of Tribal Citizenship; this is the office designated to receive and process applications for citizenship pursuant to the provisions of the Tribal Constitution.

Category of enrollment for anyone 17 years of age or younger.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Legal Documents & Records

What documents do I need to submit originals of?

The Office of Tribal Citizenship (OTC) requires a certified copy of the applicant’s Birth Certificate and the applicant’s original Social Security Card. The OTC Clerk will make one copy of each document for record keeping. 

How do I receive a copy of a Death Certificate (California)?

Click HERE and follow the instructions. Please note that this is done through an external website.

How do I receive a certified original of my Birth Certificate (California)?

Click HERE and follow the instructions.  Please note that this is done through an external website.

How do I amend a Birth Record (CALIFORNIA)?

Click on HERE and scroll until you locate the document that applies to you. For example, if the applicant needs to amend their Birth Record to match their legal name change, they should download the “VS 23 form.”

How do I receive a certified original of my Social Security Card?

Click HERE and follow the instructions. Please note that this is done through an external website. 

Frequently Asked Questions:
Research & Family History

Where can I find genealogical records?

Here are some helpful resources:

+ For ancestry records, you may visit www.ancestry.com

+ For mission records, you may visit http://missions.huntington.org/SimpleQuery.aspx

Does the Tribal Administration Office assist in filling out my application?

No. The Office of Tribal Citizenship does not provide application assistance or consultation services. 

Does the Tribe provide genealogical assistance?

No. The Tribe does not provide genealogical assistance, services, or information. 

I am an enrolled citizen, but my child (17 years or younger) is not enrolled. Will they have to file a regular application and fee?

No. Minors (17 years of age or younger) of a parent who is already enrolled and listed on the Tribal Roll above can file the Minor Application. The fee is $10.

I am an enrolled citizen, but my GRANDCHILD (17 years or younger) is not enrolled. Will they have to file a regular application and fee?

Yes. Minors (17 years of age or younger) of a grandparent who is already enrolled and listed on the Tribal Roll above, but whose parent is NOT enrolled, will need to file the General Registration for Citizenship. The fee is $60.

My relative is enrolled, and we share a common ancestor. Can I retrieve a document from their file?

No, you cannot retrieve a document from another enrolled citizen’s file. However, you may ask your enrolled relative to request a copy of their own membership file. This can be done by filling out this form (click here to download form) and costs $10.

I am 18 years old or older and NOT an enrolled citizen, but my grandparent or parent is enrolled. Will I still have to file a regular application and fee?

Yes. Even though your parent is enrolled, you, as a legal adult, must file the General Registration for Citizenship application. The fee is $60.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Appointments & Submission

Can I make an appointment?

Yes. If you are a prospective applicant, you are allowed to make a total of 2 appointments: 1 pre-application meeting in-person or via telephone (15 minutes) and 1 application submission meeting in-person or via telephone (60 minutes).

All appointments can be made via telephone. If you wish to request your 15-minute appointment now, you may also scroll down to our online booking system. 

Can I submit without making an appointment?

It is recommended that you book a one-hour appointment after you submit your application. The appointment can be in-person or via telephone.

To schedule an appointment with the OTC Clerk,  dial (818)837-0794.

Can i submit my application via u.s. mail?

Yes. If you are submitting your application via U.S. Mail, it is required that you include pre-paid postage. Please remember that, due to the fact that original copies are required, OTC will not be responsible for mailing back those documents without pre-paid postage included. Applications that may also need to be revised by the applicant will not be mailed back to the applicant without pre-paid postage.

CAN SOMEONE ELSE SUBMIT MY APPLICATION?

Yes. If an individual other than the applicant submits a General Registration Application, the OTC Clerk will contact the applicant directly. The OTC Clerk will not discuss the application with the individual submitting the application on the applicant’s behalf. That person cannot sign any forms on the applicant’s behalf.

 

How do I make an appointment?

Please call the Office of Tribal Citizenship (OTC) at (818) 837-0794 and speak to the OTC Clerk only. The OTC Clerk will further assist you. You may also scroll down and request a 15-minute appointment through our online booking system. 

I CURRENTLY LIVE TOO FAR FROM THE TRIBAL ADMINISTRATION OFFICE, OR HAVE NO MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION. WHAT CAN I DO?​

You do not need to travel to the Tribal Administration Office. You can make a telephone appointment with the OTC Clerk. You can also submit your General Registration Application and evidence to an individual on your behalf to bring to the Tribal Administration Office, or mail OTC your documents, with pre-paid postage included. 

HOW LONG IS ENROLLMENT OPEN UNTIL?

At present, enrollment is open indefinitely, but may change per the decision of Tribal Senate.

Request a
15-Minute Appointment
(one per applicant)

Each applicant is eligible for one 15-minute appointment before the application is submitted. Once the application is submitted, the OTC Clerk will contact the applicant to schedule a one-time 60-minute appointment. 

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Operating Hours

Wednesday - Friday
9:00-5:00 PM

Contact Us

1019 2nd Street
San Fernando, CA 91340

Phone: 818 837 0794
Fax: 818 837 0796
Email: OTCclerk@tataviam-nsn.us

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