While contemporary Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians (Tribe) do not collectively own land, the Tribe’s tribal citizens exercise economic autonomy through holding jobs within the market economy that are not subject to tribal government regulations. The Tribe has survived despite the loss of its territory and substantial economic displacement and pressure as well as neglect by the federal government.
The Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians (FTBMI) government works in a substantially different economic, political and cultural environment from pre-mission times. It nevertheless retains political culture, while making some organizational changes over the past fifty years, such as adopting bylaws and a constitution that make the Fernandeño Tataviam government more compatible with contemporary American institutions. Despite radical change in the urban and economic environments, the Tribe’s political and social order persists based on cooperative and consensual ties among constituent and relatively autonomous lineages. The social and political institutions of the contemporary Fernandeño Tataviam Tribe remain remarkably compatible with their history and traditions.
In a unique position the Tribe is committed to economic independence. Although the Tribe is “In recognition”, the tribal government is beginning to formulate strategic economic development plans. The Tribe’s ancestral lands encompass northern Los Angeles County, which has an energetic population and prosperous places to do business.
Today the Tribe strives to ensure a solid financial independent foundation that will create and sustain jobs in our tribal and surrounding communities.