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ABOUT

The "San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians," Gabrieleno-Tongva Nation received exclusive recognition via a resolution from the State of California in 1994. Since then, we have continued to play an essential role in the Southern California community. Our enduring presence is extensively documented in records spanning the three local Catholic Missions and the archives of cities across Los Angeles and Orange Counties, as well as the Southern Channel Islands. Throughout the County, cultural and historic sites bear testament to our heritage. Our headquarters persistently remains near the San Gabriel Mission, a symbolic anchor to our ancestral lands.

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All enrolled tribal citizens/members have direct lineages from historic San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians (SGBMI) Gabrieleno  verified by certified genealogist and church records as directed SGBMI Indian lineal descendants on the California Judgement Fund Rolls (CJFR) of 1953 and 1972 and/or have Certificates of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) issued by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Why do we keep Gabrieleno?

Although Gabrieleno is the original name given to us by the Spainiards that colonized our land, it is important to recognize that that is what our ancestors identified as for more than a century. To erase the name "Gabrieleno" is to erase the identity of our ancestors that helped us find our way back to our culture and eventually back to the name "Tongva".  We have ancestors buried at the San Gabriel Mission who only knew themselves as Gabrieleno, who carried on our language and traditions and proudly called themselves Gabrieleno. Although we are happy to have found our original name in our language, we could not in good concience erase the name that our ancestors prided themselves in. 

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WE ARE THE GABRIELENO SAN GABRIEL BAND OF MISSION INDIANS

WHO WE ARE

The San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians aka Tongva 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 Spaniards 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.

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OUR EVENTS

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.

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OUR HISTORY

See a timeline of our history, historical documents, and other references of our centuries in Southern California.

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LATEST EVENTS 

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"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  GABRIELENO SAN
GABRIEL BAND OF MISSION INDIANS

P.O. Box 693, San Gabriel, CA 91778

626-286-1632

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