The mission of Pukúu Cultural Community Services is to invest in sustainable programs that bridge and improve opportunities for American Indians with culturally-based community services now and for future generations.

Pukúu was established in 1971 as an aspiration of Rudy Ortega Sr., the leader of the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians,  a northern Los Angeles County American Tribe. As a non-profit organization, Pukúu directly enhanced the lives of the Fernandeño Tataviam people and other American Indian community members who called Los Angeles County home. With our heritage-enhanced knowledge we believe in every person achieving their fullest potential and improving their quality of life within our inter-tribal community.

Committed to transparency

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

Social Services:

  • 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.