Cultural Programs 2020-2021

Sherman Indian Museum

The Museum and Archives are housed in the original administration building of Sherman Institute (now the Sherman Indian High School) in the city of Riverside, CA.  It was built in 1901-1902 and was officially opened as a museum on Indian Day, September 1970.

The museum’s founders were Noel D. Scott, past superintendent; Ned D. Robitzer, plant engineer; Mr. Judson M. Bradley, retired Sherman printing instructor and Ramona K. Bradley, volunteer curator.  The museum houses documents and images from the school’s earliest days to the present. The archives include yearbooks from the 1920s to the present, the Sherman Bulletin beginning in 1907, student registration ledgers beginning in 1892, and an extensive photographic collection.

The museum also houses numerous catalogued items and artifacts of American Indian origin include basketry, pottery, Hopi Kachina Dolls, Navajo rugs, beadwork and school memorabilia.

On October 20, 1974, the Sherman Museum was designated as a Riverside Cultural Heritage Landmark, Number 16. It was entered into the National Register of Historic Places on January 9, 1980. We host Annual Culture Events that welcome the community at least 3 times a year.

The museum offers Museum Studies during 6th and 7th periods for SIHS students, Internships for the local academic community as well as volunteer docent opportunities. The Sherman Indian Museum Digitization Project began August of 2017 and will bring employment opportunities to our students as well.


Indigenous Language Center

Was established in the fall of 2015 in Building 62, Room 101. It provides multi-media inter-tribal language resources for SIHS students. Students are encouraged to set up study groups to practice and speak their Native languages while away from home.

Walk in open hours are Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 4:30pm to 7:30pm.

On Tuesdays from 5:00pm to 6:00pm is Kiowa Language class with Ms. Julia Roubideaux and from 6:00pm to 9:00pm is Cahuilla Language and Culture with John W. Contreras.

There is language material from various tribal groups including Apache, Navajo, Cherokee, Juaneno, Gabrielino, Yavapai, Samish, Choctaw, Karuk, Samala Chumash, Blackfoot, Athabaskan, Serrano, Cahuilla, Luiseno, Chickasaw, Tohono O’odham, Pima, Lakota, Hualapai, Passamaqwaddy, Mohawk, Tlingit, Ojibwe, and Yokut.


Clarke Culture Center

The Clarke Center was established in 1987 as the Clarke Behavioral Health Center, and later as the Clarke Culture Center in 2007. It was named after the Class of 1939 graduate Dr. Frank Clarke.  We offer afterschool and some weekend cultural activities for SIHS students. The Clarke Center houses a Native American themed research library, clothing and student personal supplies closet, and a traditional herbal/ceremonial room.  Activities include hands-on arts and crafts, traditional material culture workshops, guest speakers, talking circles, Tipi activities, evening fire circle activities, drumming and rattle singing practices, ceremonies and social gatherings throughout the year.


Indigenous Fashion and Design Class: Building 62 room 101

Instructor Julia Roubideaux works with senior students who are enrolled her 7th period class. Students make traditional dress, regalia and accessories in this class. Students participate in the Native Pride Fashion Show modeling their items made. Julia makes her classroom available for any student to come after school to work on regalia projects and to assist them in researching and designing their outfits.


Native Traditions Classroom: Building 5B Shops

Instructor Lorene Sisquoc teaches Native Traditions Class 4th period and Native Basketry5th period daily. In Native Traditions students learn boarding school history, traditional values, basketry, native plant uses, native toys and games, Southern California Indian material culture, native foods, pottery, music and instruments and work on many hands on projects and in Basketry students learn various basketry techniques and produce several baskets throughout the semester.  Lorene’s classroom is also a cultural resource that is available for public classes as well as a resource for the faculty of Sherman Indian High School.