FNX network receives recognition at Los Angeles City Hall
FNX | First Nations Experience was an invited guest during the 2014 City of Los Angeles Native American Indian Commission’s American Indian Heritage Month Celebration.
The event was sponsored by the Torres Martinez Tribal TANF social service program and took place on Friday, November 7.
The celebration opened with a presentation to the Los Angeles City Council, made by District 13 Councilman Mitch O’Farrell of the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma. Leaders of the Gabrielino Tongva tribe offered a blessing. The Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Birdsingers shared traditional songs and an intertribal group danced during the ceremony.
FNX received a certificate of recognition from the City of Los Angeles as well a plaque from the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians at the event. FNX has provided coverage on a number issues and events focusing on the Torres Martinez tribe. The network’s FNX NOW series has featured stories including the reservation’s schoolhouse restoration project as well as a special report about their challenges with water contamination. The environmental health ‘FNX NOW: Special Report from Torres Martinez’ segment was part of the 2013 USC Annenberg California Health Endowment Fellowship and it also received a 2014 National Native Media Award from the Native American Journalists Association.
Others honored during the celebration were Tracy Perez of Torres Martinez Tribal TANF, David Rambeau of United American Indian Involvement, Inc. as well as professional basketball champion and former power forward with the Los Angeles Lakers AC Green.