Recreation and Parks District (HRPD) has urgent needs to meet the
demands of its growing community and special circumstances:
||Safe year-round group camping
facilities with ancillary facilities for recreation and
||Adequate improved space for the
growing pow wow.
||An outdoor amphitheater for
thespian groups, concerts, and large group meetings.
||Educational facilities relative
to the adjacent ancient Vanyume village archeological sites of Atongaibit
and nearby Maka’taveat.
||Safe facilities to host
childrens’ immersion field trips and camps to teach subjects
including nature, science, and Native American culture.
||An arboretum of indigenous
plants and their uses.
||A multimedia lecture / classroom
| Hesperia Lake
Park rests adjacent to an ancient Vanyume village site. The Vanyume are
a near extinct branch of the Serrano people with only a handful of
surviving descendants. Most of he remaining Serrano reside on two
reservations, San Manuel in Highland, California and Morongo in Banning,
California. The Serrano, and therefore the Vanyume, are Uto-Aztecan
relatives of the Hopi, Pima, Shoshoni, Paiute, Ute, Comanche, and others
including the great Aztecan culture of Mexico and therefore a great deal
of the Mexican-American population of California. The rich Native
American prehistory and culture of Hesperia, and the high desert in
general, is known only to a few and, most certainly, not at all to the
community in general.
State Assembly Bill AB 1953 provides "that the 4th Friday in
September shall be a holiday in this state to be referred to as
"Native American Day." The bill would authorize public school
and community college governing boards pursuant to memoranda of
understanding to provide that the 4th Friday in September shall be a
holiday known as "Native American Day," and would authorize
exercises, funded through existing resources, to be conducted in all
schools respecting that day. This bill would authorize the State Board
of Education to adopt a model curriculum guide related to "Native
| Pursuant to
this, Four Directions Institute, a California non-profit public benefit
corporation created curricula, provides teacher training classes and
institutes accredited by California State University, San Bernardino and
University of California, Riverside, and has published a third and
fourth grade workbook, The First Californians, and its teacher
manual, and will publish The First Americans, a fifth grade work
book along with its teacher manual.
| FDI will
collaborate with HRPD in the development and operation of this facility
thus enabling FDI and HRPD to capitalize on the unique opportunity of
tying the Native American theme and architecture to a multi-purpose
facility that would:
||Assist local area schools,
colleges, and universities in their education endeavors relative
to the State of California mandate and to teach Native American
related subjects in general as well as science and nature.
||Increase community historical
knowledge and pride.
||Eliminate Native American and
Latino stereotypes and bring the community together with its
more than 20,000 Latino and Native American inhabitants who
represent one third of Hesperia’s population.
||Offer teacher continuing
education training and masters and doctorate graduate degrees in
subjects relative to Native American studies.
||Display museum collections of
artifacts from the John Swisher, Four Directions Institute, and