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We were in Washington, D.C. and met with Indian Affairs that included Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk and his Directors and their Assistant Directors of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and representatives of General Services Administration, Office of Solicitor, Federal Land Management and others. They concurred with us of the historic importance and ideal location of the former U.S. Marine Corps Air Station-El Toro in Orange County, California as the Project site and unanimously selected it over Prado Regional Park in San Bernardino County, California.

The military’s archeological report identifies several original Native American Indian village sites, “Likely to qualify for the National Register of Historic Places.” (The Laguna Woman discovered in Orange County was carbon dated to be over 10,000 years old.) In addition, California has the most reservations in the country with 139 reservations; and, the largest representation of Native Americans from over 200 tribes and over 40,000 Native Hawaiians, the largest number residing outside of Hawaii.

The site is ideally located with the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Counties of Los Angeles to the north, Riverside/San Bernardino to the east and San Diego and Mexico to the south. It enjoys year round mild weather and even temperature that allows for year round operation and is only minutes away to Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Hollywood, Universal Studios, Kodak Center, Staple Center, LA Dodger and Anaheim Angel Baseball Stadiums, The Planetarium, Los Angeles Zoo, Lego Land, beaches, mountains and more; and, to air, rail and ground transportation of Los Angeles and Ontario International Airports, Orange County, Long Beach and Burbank Municipal Airports, AmTrak and MetroLink Railways and Greyhound Bus Lines.

Project Site Area Map

Project site map (Prado Basin)