Grass Valley, Calif. October 21, 2016 – The Nevada City Rancheria and its Foothill Nisenan Tribal members 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 their seventh annual Nisenan Heritage Day. Enjoy the festivities on Saturday, November 12th, 2016, from 10:00 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 presents a unique opportunity to experience a taste of living history, and a day of community building with cultural education as the Nisenan, CHIRP, and Sierra College celebrate this year’s theme: ” Return of the Nisenan Salmon Doctor.” Nisenan Salmon Doctoring has been silent on the land since the coming of the Gold Rush but is being gently re-awakened by the Tribe. 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 and guests again this year,” says Shelly Covert, Nevada City Rancheria Tribal Council Secretary and Spokesperson, “a smattering of some of the best within the Native community. Presenters will include Judith Lowry, Dr. Sheri Tatsch, Sage LaPena, Peggy Berryhill, Heyday Books, Dr. Leanne Hinton and Tribal Council Chairman Richard Johnson discussing the lifeways of the Nisenan, the recognition and termination of the Nevada City Rancheria, the current Nisenan cultural revitalization, and their vision for the future of the Nisenan people.

‘Top notch’ Native Artisans and master Basket Weavers will showcase their original creations. The 2016 Nisenan Heritage Day Tee-Shirt with a fresh new logo designed by Judith Lowry and David McKay, will also be available. 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. Visit for more information and to make a donation to CHIRP.

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. A panel with additional guests to be announced.

When:             Saturday, November 12th, 2016

10.00 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