About the Tribe

The distinct community of the present-day Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians (“the Tribe”) originated in the lineages, villages and cultures of the period preceding the establishment of Mission San Fernando (“Mission SFR”), from which the natives received the name Fernandeño. Mission SFR was established on September 8, 1797 at the village of Achoicominga and, for years following, enslaved Native Americans from the lineages in the geographically surrounding areas, ranging from present-day Simi Valley, San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, and Antelope Valley. Today, the Tribe consists of a voluntary coalition of those lineages bound together by a Tribal constitution. Visit the Tribe’s interactive timeline.




Land Acknowledgment by the Los Angeles River Master Plan

We gratefully acknowledge that the Los Angeles River and its watershed are the traditional, unceded lands of the Tongva, Tataviam, and Chumash, members of the Takic and Chumashan language families; who made their homes in and around the area we now call Los Angeles. We recognized that Indigenous Peoples have stewarded this land for thousands of years, many of whom still call it home today, and we give thanks for the opportunity to live, work and learn on their traditional homelands. As settlers and guests, we recognized our responsibility and obligation to care for their land. 

Source: https://pw.lacounty.gov/wmd/watershed/lar/docs/LARMP-MainVolumeEnglish-PUBLICDRAFT.pdf


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