Native American Indian Commission

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of the Commission has the authority to take any action when necessary in behalf of the Commission between regular meetings of the Commission. It has the general supervision of the affairs of the Commission and may prepare any recommendations for its review and action. In addition the Executive Committee provides direction to the Executive Assistant in the conduct of the affairs of the Commission when required.

  • Rudy Ortega, Jr.

    Chairman

    Rudy Ortega Jr. (Fernandeño Tataviam) is the Chairman of the Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission and has served on the Commission since 2004. He is the Tribal President of the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians, a native sovereign nation of northern Los Angeles County. As the current elected Tribal President of the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians Ortega Jr. oversees his Tribe’s governmental body and manages affairs pertaining to the rights of all Fernandeño Tataviam people.

    Since 2004, Ortega Jr. has served as the Executive Director of Pukúu Cultural Community Services the FTBMI’s non-profit that serves the greater Los Angeles County American Indian community. Through Pukúu, Ortega Jr. also oversees Haramokngna American Indian Cultural Center located 14 miles up the Angeles Crest Highway.

  • Chrissie Castro

    Chrissie Castro

    Vice Chair

    Chrissie Castro (Diné & Chicana) is the Vice-chair of the Los Angeles City and County Native American Indian Commission, and co-led the change to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day in the city and County of Los Angeles; She was a co-founder of Indigenous Women Rise, which organized the Indigenous women’s contingent of 1,000 Indigenous Women at the Women’s March in DC. She is the Network Weaver of the Native Voice Network, a national network of 35+ Native-led organizations that mobilize through indigenous cultural values; and recently launched two projects to build community and political power of Native communities – locally, the California Native Vote Project and nationally, Advance Native Political Leadership

  • Shawn Imitates Dog (Lakota)

    Treasurer

  • Tracy M. Perez

    Secretary

    Tracy M. Perez (Diné) is the Secretary of the Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission and current Chair of Self Governance Board. Tracy is an active member of Los Angeles Native American community volunteering and participating with many community programs and activities. Tracy started working as a Community Liaison for the LA Urban Indian Health program, United American Indian Involvement (UAII) for native families with the Veteran Affairs program in Long Beach. Passionate for the community, Tracy has sat as board member for several organizations such as American Indian Community Council (AICC), APLA-Red Circle Projects and a member of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) taskforce of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.

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