LAVC Land Acknowledgement Statement
"Acknowledge the First People”
Long before Spanish, Mexican, Anglo-American settlers, and the street names of Mulholland, Sepulveda, and Van Nuys, the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians, the Indigenous Americans of the San Fernando Valley, hunted, farmed, gathered, and prospered alongside the banks of the orit, the river that runs along present-day Los Angeles Valley College.
By recognizing and honoring the land on which our campus is situated, nestled between the villages of Siutcanga (Encino) and Tujunga (Tujunga), we acknowledge those who came before us, the Fernandeño Tataviam, who thrived for thousands of years before the coming of settlers and are still here today.
We acknowledge the Fernandeño Tataviam, their Gabrielino-Tongva neighbors to the East, and their Ventureño-Chumash neighbors to the West.
This Land Acknowledgement represents the effort of our campus to build community and future collaborations with our local Indigenous population as guests on their land. In adopting this acknowledgment, we commit to its use in formal events to help educate students and the greater community about the history of the land and region.
Approved May 8, 2023