Grass Valley, Calif. November 2, 2017 – The indigenous people of Nevada County – the Nisenan – in partnership with Sierra College-Nevada County Campus, CHIRP (California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project), the Nevada County Library, the Nevada County Historical Society and Sierra Streams Institute, invite the public to attend the eighth annual Nisenan Heritage Day which will be held on Saturday, November 11th, 2017, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Nevada County Campus of Sierra College, located at 250 Sierra College Drive, in Grass Valley, California.

Nisenan Heritage Day offers a unique opportunity to experience a taste of living history, and a day of community building and cultural education as the Nisenan, CHIRP, and Sierra College celebrate this year’s theme: “Visions of Belonging and the Need for Home.” The event will take place in the Gymnasium, Building N13, and will feature California Native American artisans, speakers, traditional dancers, and more.

“We have a wonderful lineup of educational speakers, artists and guests again this year,” says Shelly Covert, Tribal Secretary and Spokesperson for the Nevada City Rancheria, “a smattering of some of the best out there from the Native community such as Judith Lowry, Dr. Sheri Tatsch, Peggy Berryhill “The First Lady of Native Radio”, and members of the Nevada City Rancheria Tribal Council. We will be talking about the history of the Nevada City Rancheria, the cultural revitalization happening now, and their vision for the future of the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe. We are also engaging the public this year through the arts and panel conversations about the dangers of cultural appropriation and being a good ally.”

‘Top notch’ Native Artisans and Master Basket Weavers have been personally invited to showcase their original creations. Buy your 2017 Nisenan Heritage Day Tee-Shirt, at the event. Nisenan Heritage Day is an ‘all age’ friendly event – admission and parking are free. Lunch will be available for purchase from the CHIRP Indian taco booth with. Visit for more information.

“Visions of Belonging and the Need for Home”

What: Nisenan Heritage Day

Who: The Nisenan Indians of the Nevada City Rancheria, CHIRP (California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project) and co-sponsor Sierra College-Nevada County Campus. Guest speakers will be participating in panel discussions about Nisenan community arts, language, the ins-and-outs of cultural appropriation, Native American Women in media and the truths of our local Indian history throughout the day. Watch the Facebook Event Page for details.

When: Saturday, November 11th, 2017
11.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Where: Sierra College – Nevada County Campus
Gymnasium – Building N13
250 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley, California

Admission: Free Admission & Parking
Suitable for all ages
Lunch available for purchase from the CHIRP Indian taco booth