WHERE HAVE WE BEEN?
Despite the European incursion, we have remained an integral part of the Southern California community. Our presence is well documented. Our existence is preserved in records of the three local Catholic missions and in records of local cities and both Los Angeles and Orange Counties. A mistaken notion that we were extinct developed. But we have survived! We are here!
• To be vigilant, effective guardians of our lands and ancestral remains.
• To be wise teachers of our youth so that they will be informed and proud guardians of the ways of our ancestors.
• To increase our efforts at cultural recovery and renewal: language, song, dance, music, basketry, story telling, ceremonial regailia, and spiritual traditions.
• To achieve federal recognition of our People.
RECENT TONGVA COMMUNITY ACHIEVEMENTS AND RECOGNITION
• The Moomat Ahiko (Breath of the Sea) made its maiden voyage on September 9th, 1995 at Catalina— the first ti’at (plank canoe) built since the 1800′s.
• Defense of Puvungna, sacred birth place of Tongva religious leader Chin-ngich-nish.
• In the early 1990′s Kuruvungna Springs, an ancestral Tongva village and sacred site, was rededicated as ritual land and is used for ceremonial events.
• The San Dimas Festival of Western Arts has installed a mural in San Dimas City Hall commemorating Juana Maria, the last Tongva to inhabit San Nicholas Island.
• In 1993, San Gabriel residents voted to name their new high school “The Gabrielino High School”.
• The “Gabrielino Trail” was designated in the upper Arroyo Seco Canyon of the San Gabriel Mountains in 1994 by The United States Forest Service.
• The City of San Gabriel passed a resolution recognizing “the Gabrieleno-Tongva Nation as the aboriginal tribe of the Los Angeles Basin” August 24,1994,
• The California Legislature adopted a similar resolution acknowledging its longtime relationship with the Gabrieleno/Tongva August 31,1994.
GABRIELENO / TONGVA TRIBAL COUNCILP.O. BOX 693, SAN GABRIEL, CA. 91776 (818)) 286-1632 _____________Contact Person: Anthony Morales, Tribal Chairperson_____________