Camp Pendleton Preserves Native American Culture

On Sept. 25, 1942, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton was established along the Southern California coastline. Before then, Camp Pendleton’s 125,000 acres of land was home to over 1,000 years of Native American culture and heritage. More than 10,000 years ago, California was inhabited by more than 300,000 natives, residing in more than 500 separate villages.

Preserving this rich history and culture is very important to Camp Pendleton and allows for current and future generations to marvel in awe of the beauty and serenity of Native American way of life.

“Environmental Security manages and protects the native historic sites aboard base,” said Faye Jonason, the history and museum director for MCB Camp Pendleton, Marine Corps Installations-West. “Some artifacts from early times are displayed at the Bunk House Museum aboard base.”