Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find a map of your Tribal territory?2021-12-17T10:03:27-08:00

Where can I learn more about your Tribe?2021-12-17T10:01:33-08:00
You can learn about the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians by visiting our website: www.tataviam-nsn.us. For a general overview on our Tribe and organizations, please watch our brief video presentation.

Where does my contribution go?2021-12-17T10:01:10-08:00

All funds go directly to the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians and help fund the tribal administration operations, education, language revitalization, culture, wellness programming, and federal recognition.

Is my AcknoweledgeRent tax-deductible?2022-01-04T16:29:02-08:00

The Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians is a Tribal government that is financially organized as a California 501c(4) non-profit corporation. For a tax-deduction credit, please make your AcknowledgeRent contribution to the FTBMI’s charitable wing, Pukúu, Cultural Community Services a 501(c)(3) organization registered with the State of California and IRS.

For over a century, our Tribal leaders had to think creatively about how to effectively operate as a non-federally recognized tribe in a country that does not recognize our existence. For example, there is no Internal Revenue Code status that portrays the statuses of non-federally recognized tribes. Our Tribe must operate within a gray area because there is no mechanism within the state of California that could sustain our operations, and yet we must sustain our operations for the advancement of our people and community.

A 501(c)3 encompasses, but is not limited to educational, religious, scientific, medical and charitable endeavors – all of which our Tribe operates as. However, if organized as a 501(c)3, our Tribe would be restricted from political campaigning, which our Tribe must participate in for policies and rules that have lasting impacts on our homelands and people. As a sovereign nation, our Tribe could not organize as a 501(c)3 and engage in meaningful governance.

A 501(c)4 is an organization that must not be organized for profit and operate exclusively to promote social welfare. Under this tax code, the Tribe is not able to pursue profit that would ultimately enhance the lives of its people. Since California has no formal State recognition process or mechanism though which non-federally recognized Tribal Nations can operate, our Tribe has no other option than to organize as a 501(c)4.

The lack of a process and tax code status for non-federally recognized tribes in California and U.S. is a systemic hindrance that works to diminish the growth of tribes and contributes to Tribal erasure.  

How do I create a land acknowledgment?2021-12-17T10:42:08-08:00

The Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians is pleased to see the increase in greater Los Angeles area community members’ wanting to recognize our Tribe through “Land Acknowledgment Statements.” Since we are inundated with requests, we ask that visitors watch the video and review the information on our landing page (https://www.tataviam-nsn.us/landacknowledgment/) before contacting the Tribe. Additionally, the content on the page represents the views of the FTBMI. Please contact other Tribal Nations if you would like information on their unique protocols and perspectives.

How can I learn about the Tribe’s current projects?2021-12-17T10:43:25-08:00

The best way to stay up to date is to follow us on social media and check our website for news!

How do I learn more about your language and culture?2021-11-24T14:27:01-08:00

The FTBMI Language Workbook, volume 1 is available to the public.

Acknowledge Rent

Honor the culture, heritage, and legacy of the First People of Los Angeles and help them thrive today and continue to share their invaluable culture with future generations.

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