Native American Indian Commission

Honoring the Passing of Julia Bogany

April 1, 2021

The Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission extends our deepest condolences to Julia Bogany’s family and fellow Tongva tribal members for her passing. At this time we uplift Julia’s husband, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Julia was a beloved Tongva elder, leader, and cultural educator. She was one of the most approachable, thoughtful, and endearing human beings to interact with and was an absolute treasure in Los Angeles’ Native American community. Julia gave generously of her time and knowledge and was always busy helping others, whether it was volunteering, teaching, attending meetings or serving on Boards.

She worked for over thirty years with the Native American community. She served on the Tongva Tribal Council and was also Cultural Consultant for the tribe. She led countless Tongva language and cultural trainings and workshops throughout Southern California. Through her tireless work she helped to reawaken and revive the Tongva language and develop a Tongva dictionary. She also taught basket weaving, where she used this artistic skill to teach math to youth.

Julia was committed to preserving her tribe’s cultural practices, language and knowledge. Her passion was driven by her desire to give back to her community and ensure a better future for her tribe and future generations. We will work to continue her legacy by fighting for the visibility of Native people here in Los Angeles County.

Last modified: April 1, 2021

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