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EXERCISING OUR SOVEREIGNTY

Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians

Tribal Sovereignty

Creating and enforcing our Tribal laws are the most basic and fundamental ways we exercise our inherent sovereignty over our our lands.

Our Tribal Constitution

"... [T]he people originally known as the Desert Kawia, do hereby establish and adopt this Constitution as our primary governing document."

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TRIBAL JURISDICTION

Our Tribal Ordinances

The Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indian Tribe, exercising our inherent tribal sovereignty, have enacted tribal laws. These laws govern our people and our territory.

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IN OUR OWN LANGUAGE

CHEM TE'MA PIT'CHEM MAX'WIN 'IV'AL'

"We're giving our land power."

Audio by Christina Morreo, TM Tribal Elder

We welcome you!

We are honored to have Christina Morreo serving on our Legislative Committee. Christina is one of the few tribal members who speak the Desert Cahuilla language. She, along with others, work hard to preserve the language of the Torres Martinez Tribe, along with passing on the custom and traditions of the Tribe to our future generations.

Hear Christina translate:
CHEM TE’M PIT’CHEM MAX’WIN ‘IV’AL’

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Resources

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Resources For All Ages

Family Resources

We have resources for all ages. Our tribal ordinances have been enacted by our people to preserve our culture and traditions for future generations. Therefore, we have developed various resources to help both young and old to understand and appreciate our laws that stem from our rich heritage and culture passed down to us by our A' avutem (elders).

As stated in our Tribal Constitution:

"To keep a relationship with our Amna'a (Creator) and Ancestors; to maintain our language, culture, customs, and traditions; to respect and benefit from the knowledge and experience of our
A' avutem (elders); to protect our people, lands, and resources; to administer justice; and to promote equality, freedom, self sufficiency, and quality of life for ourselves and our enrolled descendants, we, the people originally known as the Desert Kawia, do hereby establish and adopt this Constitution as our primary governing document."

All of our laws are consistent with the stated goals in our Tribal Constitution.
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THOMAS TORTEZ
Chairman, Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians
As Chairman for the Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians, I would like to welcome you to our Legislative Branch website. It is my pleasure to serve my people as we honor Amna’a (Creator) and our Ancestors through maintaining our culture, custom and traditions through the administration of justice on our tribal lands.
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