Last July, Rudy Ortega Sr., who led the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians for over five decades, passed away. Following his death, the City of San Fernando dedicated its new Heritage Park to him. The dedication ceremony for Rudy Ortega Sr. Park is slated for the fall of 2010.
The land of park was once owned and occupied by Rogerio Rocha until death. Rocha was tribal captain of Fernandeño people and was successful in securing ten acres of land in the northeast San Fernando Valley. Much like most of California Indian lands, Rocha lost his property due to the deceptive practices of local businessmen.