Pukuu Cultural Community Services

strengthen family and youth continuity

aka PUKUU   |   San Fernando, CA   |  http://www.pukuu.org

Mission

Pukuu Cultural Community Services' mission is to invest in sustainable programs that bridge and improve opportunities for American Indians in the Los Angeles County with culturally-based community services now and for future generations.

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

Mr. Eric Sanchez

Operations Manager

Mrs. Robyn Gomez

Main address

1019 Second Street Mailbox 2

San Fernando, CA 91340 USA

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EIN

95-4657130

NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Contrary to popular belief, not all American Indians are wealthy casino or land owners; most urban American Indians are actually well below the poverty line. Typically, the statistics show the rate of poverty in the American Indian community at about two and a half times greater than the non-Hispanic white community (22.5% vs. 8.5%). The fact is that American Indians have the second lowest health ranking among all ethnic groups. In comparison to other ethnic groups, American Indians ranked 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 contributed to this high premature death rate (US Department of Health and Human Services, 2007). Poverty also hits American Indian children hard. Approximately three out of ten Indian children will find themselves and their family in crisis.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

One Stop Emergency Service Center

The One Stop Emergency Service Center (OSES) is a service provided by the Los Angeles County Community and Senior Services, Community Services American Indian Block Grant, and with the Fernandeno Tataviam Band of Mission Indians to provide emergency assistance to low income American Indians who reside in Los Angeles County. California Indian Youth Scholarships
From grassroots programs to youth and families activities, Pukuu has given and continues to provide scholarships to California American Indian students.

Population(s) Served

The Fatherhood Journey program works to create a more secure, stable environment for our children. Utilizing well-known methods and cultural beliefs, Pukúu has tailored the program to help our fathers create stronger connections with their kids, building meaningful bonds that impact our families for the rest of their lives.

Population(s) Served

TUTCINT Youth Empowerment, we create Social justice Leaders by reclaiming our Indigenous knowledge and focusing on the holistic approach to well-being. The word “TUTCINT” derives from the Serrano Language, and means “youth”. TUTCINT staff offer direct services to youth participants and consulting to community organizations, school, and governmental agencies. These youth services include tutoring, case management, leadership development, cultural enrichment, and skill-building activities- as well as nature walks and environmental stewardship opportunities. TUTCINT is available to all youth in the northeast San Fernando Valley between the ages of 13-17, with emphasis places on indigenous practices, teachings, and methodologies.

Population(s) Served

CARE- the Cultural Advocacy Resiliency and Empowerment program- is Pukuu's cultural enrichment and engagement opportunities that are offered to the community free of charge. Pukuu believes that culture is a source of resiliency, strength, and prevention- and a way to keep our Native community connected to one another. CARE has been able to implement programs related to Census outreach, beading, mental wellness talking circles, traditional foods, and meditation workshops. CARE programming is directly connected to community needs and testimonials.

Population(s) Served

Pukuu offers scholarships to our Native students pursuing their higher educational goals. Pukuu offers the Tomiar Rudy Ortega Sr. Scholarship to all Native students- mainly in Southern California, who are advancing their educational pursuits in college. The Caitlin Gulley Scholarship supports students, including non-Native students, who are part of fields related to cultural resource management. Finally, the Austin Martin Leadership Scholarship helps to support our students who take active leadership roles in some capacity in their schools and local communities.

Population(s) Served

Haramokngna sits on Red Box Saddle in the Angeles National Forest. It sits in the middle of the Gabrielino National Recreation Trail, historically named for the Native populations who were relocated to the San Gabriel Mission. The area was a resting spot on the trek from the desert to the sea or vice versa through which trade was accomplished. Contemporaneously, Haramokngna offers cultural workshops, educational opportunities on past and current Native uses of the land, hiking, environmental stewardship opportunities, and overnight retreats.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Certificate of Appreciation 2008

City of Los Anges

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Pukuu Cultural Community Services

Board of directors
as of 9/2/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Samantha Ortega, CCS-P

Concentra, a division of Select Medical

Term: 2019 - 2021

Samantha Ortega, CCS-P

Concentra, a division of Select Medical

Miguel Mendivil

Los Angeles Unified School District

R. Tolteka Cuauhtin

Los Angeles Unified School District

Leon Worden

Santa Clarita Public Television

Natalie Bodle

Self-employed

Cathy Salas

Fernandeno Tataviam Band of Mission Indians

Robert Vasquez

self-employed

Valerie Vasquez

self-employed

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/22/2019

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Native American/American Indian/Indigenous

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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