Developed over many months of collaboration with leaders from local Tribes, on November 1, 2022, the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to adopt a Land Acknowledgment for the County of Los Angeles.
The County of Los Angeles recognizes that we occupy land originally and still inhabited and cared for by the Tongva, Tataviam, Serrano, Kizh, and Chumash Peoples. We honor and pay respect to their elders and descendants — past, present, and emerging — as they continue their stewardship of these lands and waters. We acknowledge that settler colonization resulted in land seizure, disease, subjugation, slavery, relocation, broken promises, genocide, and multigenerational trauma. This acknowledgment demonstrates our responsibility and commitment to truth, healing, and reconciliation and to elevating the stories, culture, and community of the original inhabitants of Los Angeles County. We are grateful to have the opportunity to live and work on these ancestral lands. We are dedicated to growing and sustaining relationships with Native peoples and local tribal governments, including (in no particular order) the
Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians
Gabrielino Tongva Indians of California Tribal Council
Gabrieleno/Tongva San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians
Gabrieleño Band of Mission Indians – Kizh Nation
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
San Fernando Band of Mission Indians
To learn more about the First Peoples of Los Angeles County, please visit the Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission website at lanaic.lacounty.gov.
“We are Still Here.” A Report on Past, Present, and Ongoing Harms Against Local Tribes
In recent years, the County of Los Angeles has been active in both uplifting the true histories of what is now known as Los Angeles County and in prioritizing equity for its communities. On July 13, 2021, Supervisors Hilda L. Solis and Janice Hahn authored a motion to acknowledge and apologize for the historical mistreatment of California Native Americans by Los Angeles County. The motion stated that it is “critical that truth-telling begins with the First Peoples of what is now known as the County of Los Angeles, and that the histories and the people who have been intentionally erased are acknowledged and receive official apologies.”
The motion directed the Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission (LANAIC), the Executive Director of Racial Equity, and other relevant County departments to work in collaboration with local Tribes to explore and examine the historical record and relationship between the County and California Native Americans, including the County’s policies, procedures, and practices that may have harmed California Native Americans and to develop a public statement that acknowledges, corrects, and disseminates the true historical record of the County and its respective departments including testimony from local tribal governments and impacted communities and with respectful collaboration and consultation with California Native Tribes.
Over a nine-month period in 2022, the LANAIC, in partnership with the Chief Sustainability Office and the Department of Arts and Culture, met with designated representatives from five local Tribes. A culminating report entitled “We Are Still Here,” A Report on Past, Present, and Ongoing Harms Against Local Tribes includes an accounting of the history of the First Peoples of the region. The report reflects the thoughts, wishes, needs, and recommendations of representatives from the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians, Gabrieleno/Tongva San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians, Gabrielino Tongva Indians of California Tribal Council, San Fernando Band of Mission Indians, and San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. The report was submitted on February 16, 2023 to the Board of Supervisors.
The Countywide Land Acknowledgment includes the tribal affiliations, as well as the names of present-day Tribes. Review the following guide to ensure you know how to pronounce each affiliation and name correctly.
Phonetic Pronunciations – Tribal Affiliations and Names
Bolded text means there is additional emphasis given to the corresponding sound.
Tongva – [TONG]+[VUH]
Tataviam – [TAH]+[TAA]+[VEE]+[UM]
Serrano – [SUH]+[RAA]+[NOH]
Kizh – [KEECH]
Chumash – [CHEW]+[MOSH]
Fernandeño – [FUR]+[NAN]+[DAY]+[EN]+[YO]
Gabrielino – [GAB]+[REE]+[UH]+[LEE]+[NOH]
Gabrieleno – [GAB]+[REE]+[UH]+[LAY]+[NOH]
Recorded Pronunciations of Present-Day Tribal Names (Coming Soon)
The following tribal governments listed in the Countywide Land Acknowledgment have provided recordings of the accurate pronunciation of their names. This list will be updated as recordings are received.
Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians –
Recorded by President Rudy Ortega
Gabrielino Tongva Indians of California Tribal Council –
Recorded by Cole Conley, tribal member
Gabrieleno/Tongva San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians –
Recorded by Seth Johnson, tribal member
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians –
Recorded by Councilmember Laurena Bolden
San Fernando Band of Mission Indians –
Recorded by Chairwoman Donna Yocum
Glossary of Terms
The following terms and definitions should be used correctly and consistently Countywide: