Native Sovereign Nation

Federal Recognition Status

Current Status
Official Endorsements

“Against all odds, our Tribe survived enslavement at Mission San Fernando in the Spanish period, land loss and displacement in the Mexican period, and state and federally funded killings of Native people in the American period. Against all odds, our tribe maintained its inherent governance, and continues to thrive even without a land base. Our pursuit of federal acknowledgment is the oldest social justice issue to occur on these lands.”

Tribal President Rudy Ortega Jr.

“Against all odds, our Tribe survived enslavement at Mission San Fernando in the Spanish period, land loss and displacement in the Mexican period, and state and federally funded killings of Native people in the American period. Against all odds, our tribe maintained its inherent governance, and continues to thrive even without a land base. Our pursuit of federal acknowledgment is the oldest social justice issue to occur on these lands.”

Tribal President Rudy Ortega Jr.

Recognition

Office of Federal Acknowledgment

The Office of Federal Acknowledgment (OFA) is within the Office of the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs of the Department of the Interior (Department).

Petitioner #158
Phase I Negative Proposed Finding (2020)
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The Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians has spent over $1.2 million on the Federal Recognition campaign between 1994 and 2020. Due to the pandemic, our funding sources have been impacted and/or terminated completely. We are proud to have been able to sustain this work through our own economic ventures, but we need your help now to complete this work.

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Record of Support

Official Endorsements

Public endorsements for the FTBMI federal acknowledgment petition.

CONGRESSIONAL 

Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon, 25th District, California (2012)
Congressman Howard Berman, 28th District, California (2012)

CALIFORNIA STATE SENATE

Senator Ben Allen, 26th Senate District, California (2020)
Senator Steven Bradford, 35th Senate District, California (2020)
Senator Susan Rubio, 22nd Senate District, California (2020)
Senator Holly J. Mitchell, 30th Senate District, California (2020)
Senator Scott Wilk, 21st Senate District, California (2020)
Senator Maria Elena Durazo, 24th Senate District, California (2020)
Senator Anthony J. Portantino, 25th Senate District, California (2020)
Senator Henry Stern, 27th District, California (2020)

CALIFORNIA STATE ASSEMBLY

Assemblymember Ian C. Calderon, Majority Leader, 57th District, California (2020)
Assemblymember Ed Chau, 49th District, California (2020)
Assemblymember Richard Bloom, 50th District, California (2020)
Assemblymember Chris R. Holden, 41st District, California (2020)
Assemblymember Autumn R. Burke, 62nd District, California (2020)
Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, 46th District, California (2020)
Assemblymember Blanca E. Rubio, 48th District, California (2020)
Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson, 64th District, California (2020)
Assemblymember Laura Friedman, 43rd District, California (2020)
Assemblymember Byron Jones-Sawyer Sr., 59th District, (2020)
Assemblymember Tom Lackey, 36th District, California (2020)
Assemblymember Christy Smith, 38th District, California (2020)
Assemblymember Luz M. Rivas, 39th District, California (2020)
Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, 53rd District, California (2020)

CALIFORNIA STATE AGENCIES

California Department of Parks and Recreation (2016)

TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS

Amah Mutsun Tribal Band (2020)
San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians (2020)

COUNTIES, SUPERVIORS AND COUNTY AGENCIES

Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, 3rd District, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (2019)
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (2020)
Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission (2020)

COLLEGES AND COLLEGE DISTRICTS

Los Angeles Community College District (2020)
Fowler Museum, University of California Los Angeles (2016)

CITIES AND CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS

City of Los Angeles (2020)
City of Glendale (2020)
City of Santa Clarita (2020)
City of Palmdale (2020)
City of Simi Valley (2020)
City of San Fernando (2020; 2016)

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS & HISTORICAL SOCIETIES

Los Angeles-Ventura Cultural Resource Alliance (2016)
Leon Worden, CEO SCVTV; Director Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society (2016)