Beginning July 1, 2008, applications for Tribal Citizenship for minors and adults who are not currently enrolled will be accepted by Office of Tribal Citizenship of the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians. Tribal Senate shall have the power to enact ordinances governing future citizenship and loss of citizenship in the Tribe. (Article 17, Section g, Constitution of the Fernandeño Tataviam Tribe)

California Judgment Roll Letter
Many Fernandeños received a letter from the Department of the Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs accompanied with a settlement payment. The payment was distributed to Indians in California as a settlement from a lawsuit. This letter does not grant tribal citizenship since it was merely a letter from the federal government verifying entitlement to the settlement. However, a copy of this letter is required for tribal enrollment.

Enrollment Process
Filing Period
Office of Tribal Citizenship will be utilizing the Tribal Citizenship Enrollment Process as stipulated by Tribal Code and the calendar below:

Open Enrollment 
July 1, 2008 through December 19, 2008
Applications shall be accepted in this period ONLY

Review Period 
December 20, 2008 through May 01, 2009
Applications received by deadline shall be reviewed.

Notice of Failure to Complete
May 01, 2009 through June 01, 2009
Applicants will be notified of incomplete information.

Submittal of Corrections
August 03, 2009
Deadline for Applicants to submit incomplete, inaccurate or unsubstantiated information as indicated in the Notice of Failure to Complete.

Review of Corrections
August 04, 2009 through October 30, 2009
OTC shall review documents submitted by Applicants who received a Notice of Failure to Complete.

Processing Period
November 02, 2009 through January 08, 2010
OTC shall submit the names of qualifying Applicant’s to Tribal Senate who have completed the Application and submitted on-time.

Senate Approval
January 11, 2010 through April 30, 2010
Tribal Senate shall review the submitted list of Applicants and vote whether to approve Tribal Citizenship.

Application Filing

Who May File
In order to become a Tribal Citizen, each Applicant must submit a complete and accurate Tribal Citizenship Enrollment Application (Application) by December 19, 2008. All late Applications will not be accepted. The Tribe is not responsible for returning late Applications. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. The Applications may be submitted by Appointment or by mail. Applications will NOT be accepted by fax or email.

Filing Fee
A $24.00 filing fee must accompany the applicant application or the application will not be accepted. Filing Fee must be in the form of cash, cashier’s check, or money order made payable to the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians.

Please Note:
Submittal of an Application does not automatically constitute granting of Tribal Citizenship.

Schedule Appointment
To make an Application Appointment, please call the Tribal Office (818) 837-0794 or email ( admin@tataviam.us ).

Mailing Information
Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians
601 South Brand Blvd., Suite 102
San Fernando, CA 91340