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ECLD

Staff and committees

Jenee Ornelas

Program Director

Jenee Ornelas is the Education and Cultural Learning Department Program Director for the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians. Her mother is a Tataviam and of Mexican descent. Her father was of Spaniard, Filipino and Mexican descent. She graduated from Cal State University, Northridge (CSUN) and is a member of the TAU SIGMA National Honors Society for Transferred Students. Outside of her work she is known for her obsession with Disneyland and posting photos of her dogs. 

Phone Number:

(818)

Email:

jornelas@tataviam-nsn.us

Raelene Leos

Program Coordinator

Raelene Leos is the Education and Cultural Learning Department Program Coordinator for the Fernandeno Tataviam Band of Mission Indians. Her mother is a Tejano American of Lipan Apache, Tonkawan, and Mexican descent. Her father is Boriken Taino of Puerto Rico and Mexican. Raelene holds a K-8 teaching credential in the states of California and New Mexico. She is a graduate University of California Los Angeles. Outside of her work she is known for her napping skills and Travel obsession.

Phone Number:

(818)

Email:

raelene.leos@tataviam-nsn.us

Natasha Daniels

Program Associate

Natasha Daniels is the most recent addition to the Education and Cultural Learning Department team, taking on the role of Program Asociate. Natasha is Iñupiat from Utqiagvik, Alaska on her father’s side and Choctaw of Oklahoma on her mother’s side. She graduated from Stanford University in 2016 with a BA in Psychology and is passionate about accessible adolescent mental health care. On her free time, you can find Natasha accidentally dipping paintbrushes in her cups of tea.

Phone Number:

(818)

Email:

natasha.daniels@tataviam-nsn.us

the vision

Parent Advisory Committee

Beyond government support, the American Indian Education Center (AIEC) program grant requires each funded center to compose its own Parent Advisory Committee (PAC), who have created their own bylaws and expectations for the future. Through effective parental participation, ECLD will work collaboratively to help empower parents and make them active agents in the academic career of the students. PAC is also in charge of program fundraising planning and events. 

The committee is formed of parents and those knowledgeable of  

Education Tribal Council

The Tribal Administration houses the Department of Education and Cultural Learning (ECLD). Through the ECLD, the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians (the Band) operated a program funded by the California Department of Education, American Indian Education Center (AIEC) and the Tobacco-Use Prevention Education (TUPE). The AIEC and TUPE grants are housed in the ECLD under the Executive Branch within the Tribal Administration. The ECLD is overseen with checks-and-balances system, comprised of three elected Tribal Senators from the legislative branch.   

The standing committee is responsible for proposed Legislation pertaining to tribal education services, cultural learning activities and the Department. 

Chairman: Cheryl Martin – Tribal Senator, Tótó District 2 

Members: 

Mark Villaseñor– Tribal Vice President, Chair of Senate, Tamit District 1 
Lucy Alfaro – Tribal Secretary, Tamit District 1 

For more information on the Tribal Senate, Legislative branch please visit: https://www.tataviam-nsn.us/tribal-government/tribal-senate-legislative-branch/ 

For more information on the Tataviam Band of Mission Indians, please visit the website: https://www.tataviam-nsn.us 

Grants

American Indian Education Center (AIEC)

The AIEC Program was established in 1974 by Senate Bill 2264. The intent was to provide educational services that promote academic success for American Indian students by providing community-based programs to address the unique academic and cultural needs of American Indian students in California’s public schools. The AIECs serve as educational resource centers in American Indian communities for American Indian students, their families, and the public schools in those communities. A student’s heritage may be from any of the 109 California tribes or from any of the hundreds of tribes from across the country. Primary emphasis is placed on the provision of direct services to improve achievement in reading/language arts and mathematics. A secondary purpose is to build students’ self-concept in relation to their heritage through cultural activities. A primary outcome of these activities is to create a skilled, educated workforce in the American Indian community and in California.

The Education and Cultural Learning Department has been a grantee of the AIEC grant since 2013.

Grants

Tobacco-Use Prevention Education (TUPE)

“Tobacco use is the most preventable cause of death and disease today. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in California 14 percent (age eighteen-plus years) over 3,839,000 individuals are current smokers, and there is a 6.9 percentage prevalence of current smoking among youth. Tobacco use costs the California economy more than $18.1 billion in health-related expenses and lost productivity.

Native Americans in California smoke and chew tobacco twice as much as do other Californians. In California, 27.4 percent of Native Americans smoke. The use of tobacco is one of the most preventable causes of illness and premature death among Native Americans. Native Americans/Alaskan Natives have the highest rate of tobacco use among all ethnic groups.

Proposition 99, approved by California voters in the November 1988 general election, increased the tax on each pack of cigarettes sold in the state by 25 cents.

The 1988 legislation requires that 90 percent of the funds received for local assistance be allocated to county offices of education and public school districts for programs in schools. Additionally, funding for commercial tobacco-use prevention, intervention, and cessation programs in AIECs is to be awarded on a competitive grant basis.

Successful tobacco-use prevention, intervention, and cessation programs are an important part of this effort and an effective weapon against four of the five leading causes of death in California: heart disease, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and fires caused by smoking.”

Collaborating Partners

ECLD has formed partnerships with various entities to ensure students experience a quality program. ECLD has secured partnerships with the following: 

Autry Museum 
California State University, Northridge- American Indian Studies Program 
California State University, Northridge- American Indian Student Association  
California State University, Northridge—Educational Opportunity Program 
Community Nature Connection 
Haramokngna Indian Cultural Center 
Los Angeles City County Native American Indian Commission  
Los Angeles Unified School District, Title VI Program 
Meztli Projects 
Pukúu Cultural Community Services 
University California Los Angeles- American Indian Recruitment 
University California Los Angeles- American Indian Studies Interdepartmental Program 
University California Los Angeles- Fowler Museum 
University California Los Angeles- Tribal Learning Cultural and Education Exchange (TLCEE) 
Vasquez Rocks Natural Area and Nature Center 
Walking Shield, INC 
AC and Associates 
Theodore Payne Foundation

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