The Tribal Senate is composed of nine (9) members, elected from the two (2) Legislative Tribal Districts of the Tribe who are responsible with setting tribal policies, creating government programs and committed working towards self-determination. The Vice President of the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians serves as Chair of the Senate.

  • Mark Villaseñor

    Vice President - Chairman of Senate

    An active and determined leader of his community both culturally and politically, Mark Villasenor has been an engaged citizen of the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians, for his adult life. And is currently the Vice President for the Fernandeno Tataviam people. In his role as Vice President, his position is to guide the tribe’s legislative branch in crafting legislation and representing the voice of his fellow Citizens. He is the descendent of lineages/villages of Ta’apu, Tapo Canyon, Siutcanga, the village at Encino, and Chaguayanga, a village in Santa Clarita Valley.

    Mark Villasenor graduated with a B.S. Business Administration with a focus in Global Supply Chain Management from California State University, Northridge. Since 2010, he has worked for the United States Census, Tribal non-profits, and Tribal Governments in various capacities.

  • Lucia Alfaro

    Secretary

  • Raymond Salas

    Senator

  • Jesus Alvarez

    Senator

    Tamit District, Land Committee Chair

  • Richard Ortega

    Senator

  • Steven Ortega

    Senator


Standing Committees

Indian Child and Welfare Act (ICWA)
Responsible for overseeing heritage cases of Fernandeño Tataviam Indian children that fall under the Indian Child and Welfare Act.
Legislative
Responsible for the development of tribal laws relating to their Legislative authorities under the Constitution of the Fernandeño Tataviam.
Finance
Responsible for receiving, reviewing, and/or developing all proposed Legislation relating to the fiscal policy of the Fernandeño Tataviam. The Finance Committee shall ensure all branches, offices and departments are operating within approved fiscal policy.
Human Resources
Responsible for proposed legislation dealing with services to tribal citizens and employees of the Fernandeño Tataviam Tribe.
Land Development
Responsible for proposed legislation pertaining to the acquisition, leasing, disposition, and management of real property of the Fernandeño Tataviam.
Tribal Historic and Cultural Preservation
Responsible for proposed legislation pertaining to cultural resources environmental protection, historic preservation, the Tribal Historic and Cultural Preservation Department and related non-departmental issues. The Committee shall advise the Department on implementation of policy and procedures, including personnel, programming, management, maintaining professionalism with other agencies and mediation. With the permission of the Chair, the Committee may be composed of other persons, such as scholars and historians, but they shall not be allowed to vote on proposed legislation.
Education and Cultural Learning
Responsible for proposed Legislation pertaining to tribal education services, cultural learning activities and the Department.
Health
Responsible for proposed Legislation pertaining to tribal health care programs and services.