The Turtle Bay Exploration Park and McConnell Gardens have become a gathering place for the North State community. This complex along with the Calatrava Sundial Bridge and Sacramento River trails draws visitors from all over the world. The far northern communities of California have historically been a difficult population to reach. The past history of settlements in these rugged territories has centered on mining, logging and ranching. In addition, Native Americans traditionally living in these... [see more] areas were forced to move into more distant and isolated lands. The result created a culture of rugged, independent individuals that pride themselves on a strong sense of self-reliance. The vast majorities of these Native people remain unrecognized, so many Native people remain isolated and do not trust outside direction.