San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Lighting of ‘The Arrowhead’ in Remembrance of Dec. 2 Terrorist Attack

December 3, 2016

By Armida Villalvazo

On Friday, Dec. 2, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will light up the Arrowhead on the San Bernardino Mountains for 14 days of remembrance of the 14 lives lost in the Dec. 2, 2015, terrorist attack in San Bernardino.


Demonstrating a symbol of unity and hope for the community, the Arrowhead will remain lit nightly from Dec. 2-15, from 5:30-10 p.m.

“Even as we struggle to make sense of those events from a year ago, we remain strong in our commitment to the values that make us a strong community,” said Lynn Valbuena, chairwoman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. “We are proud to join with the San Bernardino and our community partners to shine a new light in memory of those we lost.” 

For centuries, the Arrowhead, one of the most well-known landmarks in the Inland Empire, has been an important landmark symbolizing the San Bernardino Valley to the Native Americans of the region, and then to the pioneers and settlers that followed. 

The Arrowhead is a natural creation -- 1,375 feet in length and 449 feet in width -- located on the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, north of San Bernardino’s Wildwood Park. More than a dozen 120,000-lumen arc lights will decorate the Arrowhead, which can be seen from across the cities of San Bernardino and Highland. 

San Bernardino community and partners will gather over the 14 days in a time to honor, reflect and rebuild.

For more information, contact The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians at (909) 864-8933 or visit