On November 26, 2019, Vice President Mark Villaseñor conducted a presentation to educate and bring awareness of the FTBMI history and culture at California State University of Northridge (CSUN). Those in attendance were faculty, board representatives, architects, and associated student groups. The presentation included information on the Tribe’s pre-Mission period, Spanish settlement (1769-1821), Mexican Settlement (1822-1846), American Settlement (1846-Present), Captain Rogerio Rocha, and efforts of Chief Rudy Ortega Sr. to preserve Native culture. In addition, an explanation of the FTBMI territory that covers San Fernando Valley, Simi Valley, and west of Malibu, Cahuenga and Encino in the south, east of Tujunga, and Tejon Ranch in the north was also explained.
“CSUN sits on Tataviam land and we want to express our gratitude to Associate Director Freddie Sanchez, M.Ed. for honoring our Tribe and including us in their plans to incorporate our history into their new building located next to the University Student Union. We look forward in further collaborating with the university. “Vice President Mark Villaseñor
Vice President Mark Villaseñor is an alumnus of CSUN and ensuring a cultural footprint is embedded in the lives of the university community.