Haramokngna American Indian Cultural Center opened its doors in 1998 with a special use permit granted by the U.S. Forest Service, Angeles National Forest (ANF). In September of 2009, Pukuu adopted Haramokngna to serve as the financial and administration component. Converted from a former fire station with 4 buildings, Haramokngna provides an exhibit space that tells the story of five tribes of the San Gabriel Mountains: Gabrielino, Chumash, Tataviam, Kitanemuk, and Serrano. These five tribes are explored in their pre-European contact relationships with the land and with each other lineage of trade routes within the mountains.
The Angeles National Forest (ANF) is first national forest in California with more than 655,000 acres of outdoor space in Los Angeles county. Haramokngna is 10 miles south of a ANF visitor center and 4 miles north of a ANF information center. The location of Haramokngna is 14 miles (25 to 30 minutes) from the 210 freeway. Making Haramokngna relatively accessible for Los Angeles residents and American Indian community.
Today Haramokngna is need of repairs. In 2015 through support with the Fernandeno Tataviam Band of Mission Indians, Haramokngna staff members and many volunteers began some of the Cultural Center repairs and remodeling. Haramokngna is in major need of financial assistance and volunteerism to recondition the Center.
For more information on how become a volunteer, please visit Haramokngna’s website at Haramokngna.org.
Rudy Ortega along with the Tataviam Senior Program, Rudy Ortega Sr. Park staff, Haramokngna staff, and volunteers are hard at work this week to remodel the Cultural Center that sits atop the Angeles National Forest.