Oil Painting from the Aspen Wolf series

Taken from The Aspen Wolf Series.

Bill Soza Warsoldier
(Soboba Band of Cahuilla Indians/White Mountain Apache), is one of the primary catalysts for a change which would make all of us "never look at Indian Art the same way again."  His work has a sophisticated starkness which almost forces an observer to be aware of the truths he talked about as a young man, and of which he talks of now. Please contact the Sherman Indian Museum for exhibit days and times.  (951)276-6719. Visit warsoldierartwork.com for more information.

Apache Stories Series Peggy Gooday - White Painted Woman

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Sherman Cemetery

This school was founded by the United States Government to assimilate Native Americans into the mainstream society, upon which hundreds of Native American children were removed from their homes and tribal cultures, sent to these schools to be educated, taught a trade and required to conform to Euro-American society. Because of Bureau policies, students did not return home for several years, many of whom died and were buried in the school cemetery.

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Visitor Information

Sherman Museum offers:
  • Guided and Self-Guided Tours
  • School History Lectures
  • Native Plant Garden
  • Hands-on Workshops
  • Native American - Toys and Games
  • Plant Uses
  • Rock Art
  • Music/Instruments
  • Basketry

Museum Hours and Location

Museum Collections

Sherman Photo Gallery
Photo archives from 1892 to present

  • Student registration records 1892-1970s
  • Yearbooks 1920s-1980's
  • Sherman Bulletin Newsletters 1907-1980s
  • School memorabilia, including trophies
  • Basketry
  • Navajo rugs
  • Kachina Dolls
  • Bead work
  • Artwork
  • Pottery
  • Dioramas
Library includes:
  • News clipping collection
  • Alumni/employee scrapbooks
  • Native American periodicals/newsletters
  • Research material files
  • Bureau of Ethnology Smithsonian Reports
  • Indian Commissioner Reports
  • Native American video collection

Note: The museum houses the original records and copies on microfilm. There are copies of museum archives on microfilm at the State Library in Sacramento and the Public Library in Fresno.

Museum Hours & Location

Map to Sherman image link

Sherman Indian Museum
9010 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, CA    92503 (951)276-6719

Museum open hours are currently Tuesday - Thursday- 1:00pm - 4:30pm
all other hours are by appointment. Hours are subject to change due to Sherman Indian High School class schedule changes and field trips. Please call for tours or research appointments

Cultural Events & Activities

2012 / 2013

April 20th Powwowdownload pdf

  • Friday, April 19: Annual Miss Sherman Pageant held in the auditorium. 6:00pm
  • Saturday, April 20: Annual Powwow held on the football field. 10:00am – 12:00am
  • Friday, May 03: Indian Flower Day, Decorating Sherman Indian School Cemetery 4:00pm

On going – Talking circle, traditional teachings, Sacred Voices speaker series, Powwow workshops, arts/craft workshops, sweatlodge, community outreach, Inter-tribal dance group performances. Clarke Culture Center, Native Traditions Classroom and Museum are open after school hours for students, check posted flyers for times and activities. Note: Elders Potlucks are held monthly at Bennett hall usually on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 4:00pm – 8:00pm, the Inland Empire Cherokee Nation holds their monthly meeting/potluck there usually on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. (Students may attend of school staff are present)

  • August - Southern California Indian Basketweavers’ Gathering/Campout at The Haramokngna American Indian Cultural Center - Angeles Crest Highway and Mt. Wilson Rd above La Canada off the 210. Workshops, showcase, tour of developing gathering areas within National Forest.
    Details TBA
    Starts: August 4, 2012 @ 10:00 am
    Ends: August 4, 2012 @ 4:00 pm http://www.haramokngna.org/event/annual-basketweavers-gathering

High School News


Mr. Doepner

Mr. Doepner accepted a position as English teacher at Sherman Indian High School in September 1992. He taught English, computer applications, and an intervention class he started with other department chairs and Mr. Dan Kenley (former assistant principal at SIHS and later founding principal at Desert Hot Springs High School).
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Sherman Indian School valedictorian chooses medical career

More on Unique Darrell's career path →

Sherman Indian High School Culture and Outreach Programs

Sherman Indian High School Inter-tribal Dance Groups

Lectures and Workshops offered by Lorene Sisquoc

Curators Corner

Lorene Sisquoc

MUSEUM CURATOR Lorene Sisquoc was born and raised in Riverside, California. She is a member of the Fort Sill Apache Tribe and a descendant of the Mountain Cahuilla of Southern California. She is direct descendant of Mangas Coloradas read more →
Interested in learning more about Native Americans and their culture? Visit our Curator's Choice Links, sites on the World Wide Web recommended by Lorene Sisquoc.

Culture Sharing with Sherman Indian High School Students and Culture Traditions staff.

Student Applications
for Spring 2012-2013

Sherman Indian High School, located in Riverside, CA, is currently accepting student applications (grades 9-12) for the Spring 2012 Semester.

Classes will begin in early January 2012. Sherman Indian High School enjoys the advantages of being located in metropolitan zone in Southern California. I hope that you will be able to share this information with students and parents who might be interested in a free boarding school option. Please call us at (951) 276-6325 ext 200 if you have any questions.  The Registrar’s Office fax number is (951) 276-6055.

At a glance:

Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Grades 9~12

  • College Prep Program (A-G approved coursework)

    • California State Standards Curriculum

  • After school and Saturday tutoring

    • Evening and Saturday computer lab

    • Small class sizes

  • Beautiful campus

    • Theater, Recreation Facility, Cultural Center, Museum, and more all located throughout our expansive and well kept grounds.

Our Career Pathways Program was a big success last year and is expected to grow this year. Please don’t let your child miss out on this exceptional opportunity!

We have certificate or college prep courses in these fields:

Health Science & Careers ~ Public Service & First Responders

Hospitality/Tourism & Recreation ~ Alternative Energy & Utilities and Natural Resource Management ~ Bio-Agriculture Science

Extracurricular Sports:

  • Teams compete in several tournaments and intramurals

  • Sherman competes in the CIF’s Arrowhead League

Located in Southern California and boasting a hospitable climate while providing access to diverse climates such as Beaches, Mountains, Deserts and Wetlands.
(All less than an hour away)

To request an Application you may call, fax or mail your request to:

Phone: (951) 276-6325 ext 390 or 382 Fax (951) 276-6055

Mail: 9010 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA. 92503

Download application at: www.sihs.bie.edu

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For listings of future events, please visit the calendar page.

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