History of Native American Heritage Month

Native American History Month honors the contributions, culture, and modern community of the first peoples of our land.  Native American History Month began as Native American History Week in the 1980s and in 1990, President George H.W. Bush designated November “National American Indian Heritage Month”.  The month is known by variations of this name, including Native American History Month. For more information, visit https://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/


The Tongva / Gabrielino Tribes

In Palos Verdes, our land was inhabited by the Tongva, later known as the Gabrielino Indians after the arrival of Spanish Missionaries. One of the Peninsula’s original settlements, Chowigna, was located near present-day Malaga Cove and existed for over 7,000 years.  Artifacts from this settlement can be seen at the Southwest Museum of the American Indian and the Redondo Beach Historical Museum.  While the Gabrieleño tribes are not currently federally recognized, the descendents of these tribal members keep their history and culture alive throughout Los Angeles County and beyond.


Museums & Historical Sites
Redondo Beach Historical Museum
302 Flagler Lane, Redondo Beach, CA 90277


Kuruvungna Springs Cultural Center and Museum
1439 S Barrington Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90025


Southwest Museum of the American Indian
234 Museum Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90065


Tongva Exhibit at Heritage Park
12100 Mora Drive, Santa Fe Springs, California 90670

Local Resources
Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission
3175 West 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90020


Southern California Indian Center
3440 Wilshire Blvd Suite 904, Los Angeles, CA 90010


American Indian Resource Center
Huntington Park Library, 6518 Miles Ave., Huntington Park, CA 90255

Additional Resources

Federally Recognized Indian Tribes and Resources for Native Americans

American Indian Youth Literature Award

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