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Tribe lauds Heritage Act

Posted: March 2, 2009 9:01 p.m.
Updated: March 3, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
The Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians (Tribe) wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Senator Barbara Boxer and Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon for their exemplary work on the Eastern Sierra and Northern San Gabriel Wild Heritage Act.

When passed, this legislation will not only protect some of California's greatest natural treasures, but also cultural sites of importance to our Tribe, whose home once stretched from Piru Creek past the eastern boundary of the proposed Magic Mountain Wilderness near Acton.

It is our sincere hope that this great legislation, along with other noteworthy bills in the Omnibus Public Lands Measure, will soon be passed in the U.S. House of Representatives and signed into law by President Obama.

The Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians is a California Native American Indian government in northern Los Angeles County. Tataviam is a designation of the tribal name meaning "People Facing the Sun," with proven roots in the Los Angeles area that are more than 4,000 years old.

The local tribal trustee agency in northern Los Angeles County recognizes the importance of our cultural resources are invaluable, irreplaceable, and endangered.

In accordance to California Government Code §65352.3 (SB18) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Tribe fully engages to the extent of all respected governing laws in protecting and preserving all interested historical and cultural tribal sites.

Furthermore, the Tribe is committed to the protection, preservation and promotion of the cultural heritage of the Fernandeño Tataviam people.

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