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About Us

About the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indian Tribe's Legislative Committee

Who We Are

The Tribe’s Legislative Committee was established in 2015. Since its establishment the Committee has worked diligently to strengthen all that was already put in place legislatively by the Tribe. Tribal Membership approved a system for categorizing all tribal law during the first year of the Committee’s existence. You will see on the Ordinances Structure Chart how tribal law is categorized. This system of organizing tribal laws allows for Tribal Members, along with others living on or visiting tribal lands, to see and understand the laws of the Tribe. The strong intent of the Legislative Committee is to provide access and clarity about the Tribe’s laws, as this is essential for due process. The Legislative Committee reviews all requests for new ordinances, fully adhering to the Tribe’s Constitution. The Committee properly vets and prepares proposed ordinances for presentation to Tribal Membership. Continual outreach and education regarding tribal laws falls under the responsibility of the Legislative Committee. The Committee fulfills this duty through training presentations, community events, printed pamphlets and other handouts/displays, and through digital media.

Our Goals

The Legislative  Committee serves to promote and provide structure to the legislative branch of the Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians’ sovereign government in accordance with the Tribes’ Constitution. The Committee works diligently to: 1) Adopt ordinances and keep a relationship with our Amna’a (Creator) and Ancestors; to maintain our language, culture, customs and traditions; to protect our people, lands and resources; to administer justice; and to promote equality, freedom, self-sufficiency and quality of life; and otherwise to safeguard and promote the peace, safety, morals and general welfare of the Tribe. 2) Assure that the Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians Tribal Legislative Committee serves the best interest of the Tribe. 3) Create a structure and process for the development of the Tribe’s legislative and judicial branch of government, in accordance with and as outlined in the Tribe’s Constitution. 4) Inform and educate the members of the Tribe and its community about tribal laws and all information and resources pertaining to these laws.

ALEX TORTES
Chairman, TM Legislative Committee
Thank you for taking the time to visit the Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians, Legislative Branch website. I invite each of you to look through the information and links provided on this site. It is a “living document” that will continue to grow and expand with information and resources to benefit the Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians and our community. If you have any suggestions to make our site a greater resource please send us a note through our Contact page.