The Gabrieleno (Tongva) Band of Mision Indians received Sate recognition from the State of California in 1994. 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. We have cultural and historic sites located throughout the County but our Tribal Headquarters still remains near the San Gabriel Mission.
WE ARE THE GABRIELENO BAND OF MISSION INDIANS
The first residents of Los Angeles
The Gabrieleno (Tongva) Band of Mission Indians is the first and only state recognized tribe in the Los Angeles area. Our lineage is dated back before the time of the California missions. The first part of our name "Gabrieleno" comes from the term the Spainiards gave us while we worked and lived as slaves in the San Gabriel Mission. The second part of our name, Tongva, comes from our native language. We recognize both parts of our name as homage to our ancestors who lived in and out of the San Gabriel mission. We are the first Angelenos, and we are here!
WHAT WE DO
Preserving our cultures and traditons and passing them down to the younger generations of our community is the top priority of our tribe. As an integrated part of the culture of LA, we enjoy performing our dances and educating the general public about our history as the first Angelenos.
We have been an integral part of Los Angeles county. Our culture has been passed down from generation to generation with an added initiative to share our culture with the LA community.
See a timeline of our history, historical documents, and other references of our centuries in Southern California.
ONLINE LEARNING FOR TRIBAL YOUTH
Date: To Be Determined
Hosted by tribal elders and experienced tribal dancers, young members of the Gabrieleno (Tongva) Band of Mission Indians will learn traditional skills, language, and culture on a covid-safe online learning format
"We learned from our elders to respect life, to respect Mother Earth, to respect the part of our lives that give us life."
Chief Red Blood Anthony Morales
CONTACT GABRELENO (TONGVA) BAND OF MISSION INDIANS
P.O. Box 693, San Gabriel, CA 91778