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Camp Pendleton preserves Native American culture


Last updated 11/30/2019 at 1:24am

Cpl. Sarah Wolff photo

Tools, jewelry, artifacts and basketry are on display at the San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians gathering on the grounds of the historical Las Flores Ranch Nov. 3. The ranch was once a Luiseno Village named Ushmae, "place of the roses."

Lance Cpl. Melissa Ugalde

U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton was established Sept. 25, 1942, 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 important to Camp Pendleton and allows for current and future generations to marvel in awe of the beauty and serenity of Native Am...

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