Rudy Ortega Jr.
Rudy J. Ortega, Jr., tribal citizen and current Tribal President of the FernandeÃ±o Tataviam Band of Mission Indians, is a life-long resident of the San Fernando Valley, California. Rudy is one of ten children of Rudy Ortega Sr., the former Tribal President who held office for four decades. In 1994, Rudy was elected Vice President of his Native nation at the age of eighteen, and he assisted in his nation's continued mission and efforts to protect the rights of FernandeÃ±o Tataviam citizens as self-governing Indian people. He was re-elected Vice President in 2014 and assists in on-going efforts to protect FernandeÃ±o Tataviam sacred sites and citizens' rights. Rudy also serves as Chairman of the Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission, the only joint city and county commission of its type within the United States, and serves as the Tomiar SÃ¡hovit, “Captain and spiritual leader,” of the FernandeÃ±o Tataviam Band of Mission Indians.