The Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission of Mission Indians is very pleased to announce that Rudy Ortega Jr., (Fernandeño Tataviam), has been elected Chairman of the Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission on Tuesday, March 15, 2011. Other Commission officers elected; Chrissie Castro (Navajo), Vice Chairwoman; Cheri Thomas (Quinault-Yurok), Treasurer; and Duane Champagne (Chippewa), Secretary.

Tribal community service is in Rudy Jr.’s blood and he is one of ten children of our former tribal president, Rudy “Chief Little Bear” Ortega Sr. Following in his father’s footsteps, Rudy Jr. was appointed to serve on the Commission in 2004, twenty-nine years after his father was elected to serve.

The Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission supports a wide range of issues and activities for over 200,000 people of American Indian ancestry. This commission consists of five members appointed by the Board of Supervisors, five members by the Mayor of Los Angeles, and five elected in community-wide elections, plus emeritus member elected within the Commission. The commission’s activities are intergovernmental, providing for legislative advocacy, grantsmanship, community education, and lobbying for over $9 million annually in federal funding to support local agencies.