November 15, 2021 – We are excited to invite you to our 12th Annual Nisenan Heritage Day! This will be a celebratory community event and fundraiser, offered virtually.


In our time together during Nisenan Heritage Day 2021, we will talk about the history and future of the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe and take you on a “virtual tour” of our new exhibit at the ‘Uba Seo gallery. We will also have an opportunity to discuss how education, visibility and community support are critical components in strengthening our community’s relationships and capacity for change.

Some of the exciting projects we will be sharing about include Land Justice & the LandBack Movement, Ancestral Homelands Reciprocity Program, Nisenan Curriculum in local schools, and more!


The Nisenan are the Indigenous People who were here thousands of years before the gold rush. Despite the destruction of their homelands, broken Treaties, and forced assimilation, they remain here in their homelands today and strive to have their identity reflected in the fabric of community. An Executive Order Federally recognized the Tribe in 1913 and they had a reservation on Cement Hill called the Nevada City Rancheria until their wrongful termination by Congress in 1964.

True and correct knowledge of the Nisenan and their ancient existence on this land, up until very recently, had been fully erased from history and the Tribe was nearly forgotten. The need for visibility as the Tribe fights to have their Federal Recognition and sovereignty restored, has begun to turn the tide of historic amnesia. Up until very recently, most of that education and change has had to be shouldered by the Tribe itself.

Thus, the California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project, aka CHIRP, was created to assist the Tribe in areas of Federal Recognition, Education, Art, Cultural Resource Protection, Land Back, Community Education and Communications, Media, Fundraising and more.

CHIRP’s mission serves the needs of the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe, guides and informs right-relations with Indigenous communities, stabilizes Nisenan Culture and community, all while bringing education and connection to the public through its charitable purposes. CHIRP’s 501c3 status brings opportunities that as a terminated Tribe, the Nevada City Rancheria does not have.

You can register for the live stream at the ticket link though the Center for the Arts: