We celebrate our indigeneity during Native American Heritage Month and throughout the year. We encourage you to be involved year-round.

Our homelands are a part of us. Acknowledging our lands is just one small gesture towards truth and reconciliation. We encourage you to learn more from the First Peoples of the lands you occupy.  

Land Acknowledgment

Turn your land acknowledgment into action!

Consider contributing to our charitable organizations.

Land Conservancy Fund
Scholarship Fund

Spread awareness and visibility on the Tribe’s homelands by wearing our products!

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CAUSES

Federal Recognition

The Tribe has been fighting for federal recognition from the federal government for over 130 years. This arduous process has cost the Tribe decades of emotional labor and financial impacts, totaling just over $1.1 million.  Learn more about how you can support the Tribe. 

Federal Recognition
COVID19

The impacts of COVID19 on our community are immeasurable. If you are in need of services, food packages, or essential products, please contact us.  

COVID19 Emergency Application
One Stop Emergency Services
Mascots

Our community is still advocating for the removal of race-based mascots on our homelands. Learn about the importance of this initiative to the Tribe here:

Official Mascot Statement
OUR HISTORY

We are the first people of northern Los Angeles County. Our villages, government, and culture pre-date the establishment of Mission San Fernando, established on September 8, 1797, from which our ancestors received the name Fernandeño. Our villages encompass the four valleys of Simi Valley, San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, and Antelope Valley. Our Tribe, the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians, is a coalition of our villages that formed the historical Fernandeño Indian Tribe and continues to be united under a Tribal constitution. 

Under Mexican rule in the 1840s, we owned and maintained several land grants that were held in trust by the Mexican government, including Rancho Escorpion (Chatsworth), Rancho Encino (Encino), Rancho Cahuenga (Burbank), Rancho Tujunga (Tujunga), which were meant to be preserved in the American period. However, land in northern Los Angeles County, particularly areas with natural water sources, became extraordinarily valuable, and the local state courts were against our ancestors’ claims to the land, which made it impossible for the San Fernando Mission Indian defendants to affirm rights to land that would have formed the foundation for a reservation.  Today, although dispossessed of our homelands, the majority of our Tribal citizens live and/or work near our traditional villages. To learn more, click here

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