Creating and enforcing our Tribal laws are the most basic and fundamental ways we exercise our inherent sovereignty over our our lands.
"... [T]he people originally known as the Desert Kawia, do hereby establish and adopt this Constitution as our primary governing document."
The Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indian Tribe, exercising our inherent tribal sovereignty, have enacted tribal laws. These laws govern our people and our territory.See Our Ordinances
Audio by Christina Morreo, TM Tribal Elder
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’
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).
"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."