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Pukúu is a Bronze-level GuideStar Exchange participant, demonstrating its commitment to transparency.

Programs we offer are:

  • One Stop Emergency Services Center — aiding low-income individuals in emergency situations
  • Fire Disaster Assistance — helping Indian families affected by annual firestorms
  • Stronger Family Fund — placing foster children in American Indian homes
  • Tomiar Rudy Ortega Sr. Scholarship Fund — scholarships for college education
  • Cultural Studios — strengthening our youth through songs and dances
  • Haramokngna Indian Cultural Center — celebrating the First Peoples of the Angeles National Forest
  • Job Training and Placement Program — employing and training American Indians
  • Fatherhood Journey — helping fathers build successful families.

Pukúu Cultural Community Services serves American Indian youth and families by providing a formation of programs and assistance services to help our community enhance while maintaining its unique identity.

Pukúu works with one of the most underserved and disadvantaged populations in Los Angeles County –American Indians. Contrary to popular belief, not all American Indians are wealthy; most urban American Indians live well below the poverty line. In fact, American Indians have the second lowest health ranking among all ethnic groups, in addition to scoring poorly on measures of material lifestyle and health. American Indians have a premature death rate, dying 20 years earlier than their Caucasian counterparts. Alcoholism, diabetes, suicide, and motor vehicle accidents contribute to this high death rate. Poverty also hits American Indian children hard: three out of ten Indian children will find themselves and their family in crisis

Providing services to American Indians for more than 4 decades, Pukúu a 501(c)3 founded by the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians, the historic American Indian tribe of the northern portion of the Los Angeles County. The Tribe’s traditional land base is within the County of Los Angeles between the boundaries extending from Simi Valley and Antelope Valley to the San Fernando Valley. Through a non-profit organization, the Tribe has provided and operated various enrichment programs for low-income American Indian families and youth, and singled parents – including fathers in need of various support services – for over thirty-seven years. The One Stop Emergency Service program assists in providing food, shelter, emergency financial aid, employment counseling, and transportation assistance to individuals and families experiencing crisis situation.

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