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The Tribal Historic & Cultural Preservation Department (THCP) is committed to the protection, preservation, and promotion of the cultural heritage of the Fernandeño Tataviam community. The Tribe views its culture as an invaluable, irreplaceable, and endangered tribal cultural resource.  As expressed in Tribal Historic Code: “The Tribal Senate finds that Cultural Resources are fundamental to the ancestors, present peoples, future generations, culture, land base, traditions, and sovereignty of the Tribe” (THC Section 103 (A)(1)). The Tribe formally established THCP with the intent of preserving, protecting and revitalizing tribal culture, spirituality, and history.

Tribal Cultural Resources Jurisdiction

The distinct community of the present-day Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians (Tribe) originated in the lineages, villages, and culture of the pre-Mission San Fernando period. Mission San Fernando was established on September 8, 1797 at the village of Achoicominga and, for the years following, gathered natives from the villages in the geographically surrounding area of Simi, Santa Clarita, San Fernando, and Antelope Valleys, and parts of the Angeles National Forest. Today, the Tribe is composed of lineages associated with Mission San Fernando (Fernandeño) located within the hard boundary depicted in this map.

Due to kinship networks and social exchange, this hard boundary does not include all of the abundant locations associated with the Tribe’s cultural activity and ancestry. Therefore, a five (5) mile buffer zone outside of the hard boundary accommodates the natural mobility of the pre-Mission San Fernando peoples, which is also known to be well-associated with the Tribe’s sensitive cultural resources.

Tribal Consultation

If you have received a formal request from the Tribal Historic and Cultural Preservation officer (THCPO) that the Tribe is interested in consulting on your proposed Project under the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) (Public Resources Code section 21080.3.1 subdivisions (b), (d) and (e)) for the mitigation of potential impacts to tribal cultural resources, you may download a Consultation Form.

To initiate consultation with the Tribe, the applicant must file the Consultation Form (the Form) within 30 days of the Tribe’s request for consultation. The Form, and any supplementary materials, should be mailed to:

THCP Officer
Tribal Historic and Cultural Preservation Department
1019 Second St., #1
San Fernando, CA 91340

The form may be also submitted electronically to thcp@tataviam-nsn.us

Consultation Form

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The THCP Officer will provide a receipt once the form has been received. Please allow 1 to 2 weeks for the THCP Officer to review the project and provide a formal response.

Tribal Monitoring

Our Native American Monitors are trained by Cultural Resources experts and Tribal Archaeologists to efficiently study and inspect soil during earth-disturbing activities. The Tribe has maintained a professional Native American Monitoring (NAM) service for decades by aligning its traditional framework of preserving cultural, spiritual, and emotional ties to the land with effective options for mitigating potential damages to cultural resources at risk from increasing development.

Pre-Native American Monitoring Requirements:

Cultural Resources Workshops. In partnership with local Archaeologists, the Tribe hosts “Cultural Resources Workshops”  multiple times a year to ensure that its monitors have opportunity to recreate certain artifacts that are found in the field. In doing this, monitors have a greater understanding for how a specific cultural resource was created, what kinds and shapes of debitage, trash materials, are created during that process and would most likely be encountered in the field, and the overall energy expended towards making each stage of the product.

Monitoring Manual. To ensure that its Native American Monitors are well-informed of the protocol in the field, the Tribe produced and implements a “Monitoring Policy and Procedural Manual.” The manual informs monitors on THCP policies, safety requirements, archaeological protocol, cultural recommendations, and includes information on conducting efficient cultural resources inspection in the field. Monitors are expected to receive a 70% or higher on the Monitoring Manual quiz prior to beginning monitoring work.

Examples of the Tribe’s Native American Monitoring requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Native American Monitors must have OSHA 10 certification & are required to maintain safety protocol standards at all times
  • Memorization of Tribe’s “Monitoring Policy and Procedural Manual”
  • Completion of certification test with 70% or higher
  • Attendance of quarterly Cultural Resources Workshops
  • Daily Activity Sheets with supporting documents and photographs, signed by the Project foreman
  • Expertise on Fernandeño(villages associated with Mission San Fernando)-specific Cultural Resources and History, and Archaeological and field familiarity

If you are association with a Project and are interested in hiring a Native American Monitor through this Tribe, please contact THCPO, at thcp@tataviam-nsn.us

Become a Native American Monitor

  • Must be 18 years of age, or older.
  • Must be a Tribal Citizen or a descendant of Indians of Mission San Fernando.
  • Must have a flexible schedule.
  • Must have reliable transportation and cellular device.
  • Must attend Tribal Workshops about artifacts.
  • Monitor for cultural resources on-ground during projects
  • Daily Activity Sheets
  • Report to the Tribal Historic and Cultural Preservation Officer
  • Reimbursement of 50% of OSHA Certification Fee!
  • Cultural Resources expertise

Please note: There are currently no monitoring jobs. Job postings occur within a 5-day notice. If you apply, we will keep you on a list for a future job. 

  • File an Application Form with the Tribal Historic and Cultural Preservation Department. Click here to begin: https://www.tataviam-nsn.us/documents/native-american-monitor-application/
  • Must complete the Occupational Safety and Health Administration 10 hour course (OSHA 10) (you can purchase the course here: http://www.oshaeducationcenter.com/osha-10-hour-training-construction.aspx)
  • Must read the Monitoring Policy and Procedure Manual (Monitoring Manual). This will be provided once you’ve turned in an application.
  • Must Complete the Monitoring Manual Quiz with a 70% or higher.