On October 23, 2019, the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Department of Motor Vehicles facility in its traditional territory of Pacoima, California.
President Rudy Ortega and Vice President Mark Villaseñor were present to share a welcoming song. The event included informational posters about the Tribe’s history, land, and language.
Pacoima is a located on a native village that is within the traditional and historical territory of the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians. Pacoima comes from a traditional word that has been mispronounced by settlers over time. Traditionally, the word pakoi means “to enter” in the fernandeño dialect. Pakoinga means “the place of the entrance,” which is presumed to be the entrance to Tujunga. Separately, Tujunga is also a traditional placename meaning “the place of the old woman” and is named after a sacred boulder that held the shape of an old woman. These villages have ties to several traditional stories and date to time immemorial.