Native Sovereign Nation

Tribal Government

Branches of Government

Executive Branch
Tribal Senate
Council of Elders
Tribal Departments

The Fernandeño Tataviam people have continued to maintain their tribal government since time immemorial. During the era of the Spanish Missionaries to the Mexican government, the Tataviam were referred to as the Mission Indians of San Fernando (Fernandeños). Following the annexation of California, the United States Indian Affairs grouped the Fernandeño Tataviam and other numerous Indian villages at Fort Tejon (Sebastian) Indian Reservation. In 1892 the Indian Affairs recognized the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians under the Mission Indian Relief Act.

The unceasing political authority of the Tribe derives from the will of the Fernandeño Tataviam people. Today the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians is governed by two branches of Tribal government entrusted with the duties of defending the Fernandeño Tataviam Constitution and the rights of all Fernandeño Tataviam people.

The Fernandeño Tataviam people have continued to maintain their tribal government since time immemorial. During the era of the Spanish Missionaries to the Mexican government, the Tataviam were referred to as the Mission Indians of San Fernando (Fernandeños). Following the annexation of California, the United States Indian Affairs grouped the Fernandeño Tataviam and other numerous Indian villages at Fort Tejon (Sebastian) Indian Reservation. In 1892 the Indian Affairs recognized the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians under the Mission Indian Relief Act.

The unceasing political authority of the Tribe derives from the will of the Fernandeño Tataviam people. Today the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians is governed by two branches of Tribal government entrusted with the duties of defending the Fernandeño Tataviam Constitution and the rights of all Fernandeño Tataviam people.

Tribal Administration

Administration Department

The Administration Department is responsible for the day-to-day activities that tie together the many departments within the Fernandeño Tataviam Tribal Government and the many programs provided to its membership. The department manages the grants that fund various department projects, such as monthly community events and a newsletter that is distributed to all adult tribal citizens.

Through the direction of the Tribal President the Tribal Administrator is responsible for the daily operations of the Tribal office under the including supervision, personnel functions, submission of contracts/grants to funding agencies, grant administration, and interacting with the federal, state, local, and tribal governments. The Tribal Administrator also works closely with the Tribal Senate, committees, boards and tribal members.

Tribal Administration

Administration Department

The Administration Department is responsible for the day-to-day activities that tie together the many departments within the Fernandeño Tataviam Tribal Government and the many programs provided to its membership. The department manages the grants that fund various department projects, such as monthly community events and a newsletter that is distributed to all adult tribal citizens.

Through the direction of the Tribal President the Tribal Administrator is responsible for the daily operations of the Tribal office under the including supervision, personnel functions, submission of contracts/grants to funding agencies, grant administration, and interacting with the federal, state, local, and tribal governments. The Tribal Administrator also works closely with the Tribal Senate, committees, boards and tribal members.

Community Involvement