Funding will continue until an additional estimated One Million Dollars is donated. Those funds will pay for the construction of the entry walkway, central plaza where THE GIFT will be placed, and landscaping in the new AMERICAN INDIAN VETERANS MEMORIAL area. Additionally, the donations will cover a perpetual maintenance fund and unexpected construction costs.

First major monument honoring our Nation’s indigenous veterans that is located at a National Cemetery

THE AMERICAN INDIAN VETERANS MEMORIAL will be the first major monument honoring our Nation’s indigenous veterans that is located at a National Cemetery. The Riverside National Cemetery has the largest acreage of any National Cemetery. The Riverside National Cemetery has the largest acreage of any National Cemetery in the U.S. The staff of the RNC assists with approximately 35 to 45 interments every week day . RNC performs more interment services annually than any other in the country. Many of those services are for American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Pacific Islander indigenous veterans’ families – the Los Angeles suburban area has more Native Americans residing there than any other  large metropolitan city in the USA.

What is unique about this Memorial?

  • Its location – Remembering our indigenous veterans at a National Cemetery alongside the other warriors with whom they fought and served displays the service and courage that all United States military men and women share, regardless of their backgrounds, ranks, or beliefs.
  • Its purpose – It will serve not only as a place to reunion, reflect and heal, but also be a place of learning via the renowned National Cemetery Administration’s “Legacy Program.”

Why in the West?

Riverside National Cemetery, located in California, is the largest National Cemetery in the country. Our nation's West Coast, from Alaska to our southern border, is home to more indigenous families than any other region in the nation. It will be constructed at the National Cemetery that annually provides more services for our military than any other in the United States.


When an additional one million dollars has been raised, construction can begin.

Even though THE GIFT has been completed, the surrounding landscape, plaza and walkways and a perpetual maintenance fund is required before any memorial can be constructed at any U.S. National Cemetery.

CLICK HERE to see the recently revised proposed landscape plan.  Our estimate for that highly anticipated dedication program is approximately the week of Independence Day, 2020.


Please help honor our American Indian, Alaskan Native and Pacific Islander Veterans. By working together, we will build a memorial to honor their 250 years of military service.

Sendoff, Welcome & Last Phase!


    May 22, 2019 - Sendoff Blessing Ceremony for "The Gift" from Mussi Artworks Foundry Sculpture Garden in Berkeley, CA READ MORE

  • WELCOME HOME to sacred grounds

    May 27, 2019 - Welcome Home Ceremony & Blessing at the Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA READ MORE


    Construction of where "The Gift" will be placed is the final phase of the monumental project. To see the architect's renderings and cost breakdown CLICK HERE.

AIANVMC Executive Group

Honorary Chairman Bo Mazzetti – Tribal Council Chairman, Rincon Band of Luiseňo Indians, Pauma Valley, CA; U.S. Navy Veteran, Vietnam; phone & email - 760.749.1092, bomazzetti@aol.com

Chairwoman Sharron Savage – Ojibwa Descendant, L’Anse Band of Chippewa Indians, Keweenaw Bay, MI; Retired Council Staff for Morongo Band of Mission Indians; phone & email – 951.306.5656, ac.sl.savage@gmail.com

Paul Adkins – Chairman of the Riverside National Cemetery Support Committee, phone & email – 951.202.5353, 82nmedic@earthlink.net

Vice Chairman Frank Johnson – Morongo Band of Mission Indians Tribal Member; U.S. Army Specialist 5, Vietnam. Former Chairman Morongo Planning Commission. phone & email – 760.408.9425, phrank2631@aol.com

Veterans Coordinator Angelo Schunke - Morongo Band of Mission Indians Tribal Member, Banning, CA; U.S. Navy, Retired; Contractor /Business Owner; Member of Morongo Planning Commission; phone & email - 909.229.2273, sunk@integrity.com

Cynthia Schomberg – Sculptor’s Agent, Schomberg Studios, Evergreen, Colorado & Palm Springs, California; phone & email – 303.674.4807 & 303.905.1205, schombergstudios@att.net

Public Relations and Media Coordinator Nikki Symington – Retired, Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians Public Relations; phone & email – 619.922.2172, nsymington42@gmail.com

David Roman –Taino, Arawak Indian Nation Tribal Member; U.S. Marine Corps, Vietnam, Retired; Tribal Court Morongo Band of Mission Indians; phone & email 760-799-9081, modakathanyou@yahoo.com

Daniel Smith III – Cherokee ancestry; MGySGT. U.S. Marine Corps, Retired; Riverside National Cemetery Memorial Honor Detail, Chairman of the Board; phone & email 951.961.4012 and 951.377.4988, mastergunns3@aol.com

Celebrity Spokesperson Saginaw Grant – Native American character actor, dancer, motivational speaker and the Hereditary Chief of the Sac-n-Fox, Iowa and Otoe-Missouria Nations; Recipient of the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award at Oceanside International Film Festival for his movie and TV work

Manuel “Manny” Mendivil –Tohono O’odham Nation Member; USMC Vietnam Veteran; phone & email – 626.465.9308, mendivilmanuel5@gmail.com

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Maurice Lyons, In Memoriam, Emeritus 2005 Originator of American Indian Veterans Memorial Project, Former Morongo Band of Mission Indians Tribal Council Chairman

U.S. Air Force Brig. General Stan Brown, In Memoriam, Emeritus 2005 Originator of American Indian Veterans Memorial Project, Former Commander March Field Air Base