After nearly 200 years, the Tongva community has land in Los Angeles County and Orange County.
The Tongva who lived on the land were forced off it in the early 20th century, when the Los Angeles and Orange Counties were carved up by the U.S. government.
Tongva Community in Los Angeles County, seen on Google Street View. (Image courtesy Tongva Community of Los Angeles County)
The U.S. Government did that to protect Southern California from a race war fueled by Japanese Americans who had moved there from China.
In 1915, the last Tongva man moved away from the Tongva community land in the early hours of the morning to a different place — the Tongva Community of Los Angeles County.
It was a good place.
It was a place for the Tongva who had been pushed off their land and who were now living in Los Angeles County, in the Tongva Community.
It was a place where people worked together, even with just some basic necessities, for survival.
It was not a place where the Tongva were looked down upon by the public.
It was a place where they had a voice, and was heard — sometimes too late. And it was a place that gave the Tongva people a voice, a place where people could come to live in peace.
The land of Tongva Community in Los Angeles County was purchased in 1907 by the Tongva Community. (Image courtesy Tongva Community of Los Angeles County)
Early residents of the Tongva Community were Chinese, of Chinese descent, but were, by the early 1900s, mostly Tongva.
The land was purchased in 1907 by Henry Johnson, the Tongva Community Chief. Johnson was a descendant of an African American family, and in his early life, he taught his family to farm and raise poultry and other livestock to provide a living.
His family owned land in Tulare County in California, until the state of California enacted a “one person, one vote” law. The law would come to be known as the “