The AIEC- American Indian Education Center (formally known as TAMIT) provides educational, leadership and cultural programming aimed at gearing American Indian and Alaska Natives students for success. Program elements include early literacy, tutoring, quarterly events, college conferences, reservation trips, summer camps, family activities, college prep and cultural education

Eligibility: American Indian or Alaska Native students (all ages, pre-K and toddler included in some programs), resident of northern Los Angeles County. Application on TAMIT website under FORMS.

Our Philosophy:   To incorporate education and leadership development initiative through community building using non-traditional and traditional American Indian (AI) teaching methods while incorporating Indigenous values for Native Americans to:

-Improve AI student academic achievement
-Increase the number of AI attending college
-Create a young generation of future leaders to positively impact their community
-Reaffirm cultural values and identity
-Build capacity and a sustainable program model

About TAMIT: TAMIT is a program of the Education and Cultural Learning Department of the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians (“the Tribe”).  Learn more about the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians online at

Meet Our Staff


Elizabeth has worked for the AIEC program since 2014. She is an enrolled tribal member of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians. I am, Cante Waste Win, (Good Hearted Woman) Hunka to the Thunder Hawk family of Pine Ridge, S.D Elizabeth is a double alumna from UCLA holding a BA, and MA in American Indian Studies, and will be returning to UCLA in Fall, 2017 to pursue a Ph.D. in Education.  Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians.

Elizabeth Fasthorse

AIEC Program Coordinator
Jenee is an enrolled Tataviam citizen and has been working for the AIEC program since 2016 and has volunteered for the Fernandeno  Tataviam Band of Mission Indians since the age of 14 years old. Jenee has been accepted at Cal State Northridge for Fall 2017, where she will be working towards her B.A. in Early Childhood Development. Her career goal is to become a Preschool/ Elementary School Teacher.

Jenee Ornelas

AIEC Program Associate

Itati is a Tataviam citizen and has worked for the AIEC program since 2015. Itati is currently attending Los Angeles Mission City College, majoring in Business Management and Administration.

Itati Ortega

AIEC Program Assistant




U. S. Department of Education,

Office of Elementary and Secondary Education,

Office of Indian Education


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California Department of Education,

American Indian Education Center Program


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