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Nisenan Ancestral Homelands Reciprocity Program

posted Jan 21, 2021, 12:46 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Jan 21, 2021, 12:46 PM ]

From the website of the Nevada City Rancheria:

“The Nevada City Rancheria was created from an executive order by President Woodrow Wilson in 1913 from a land allotment obtained by Chief Charlie Cully in 1887. Cully's land on Cement Hill became Federal Trust Land and the Tribal government became a federally recognized entity.

The Nevada City Rancheria was one of 48 Rancherias illegally terminated in the 1950s and 1960s by the California Rancheria Termination Acts. Most have been restored; the Nevada City Nisenan Rancheria has not—yet.

Ancestral Homelands Reciprocity Program

An initiative of: The Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribal Council, California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project (CHIRP) and current residents of the Bear & Yuba River watersheds

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The Ancestral Homelands Reciprocity Program is a community generated initiative to support and uplift the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe, the original peoples of this land, through their tribally guided 501(c)(3) nonprofit CHIRP (California Heritage: Indigenous Research Project). Our goal is to raise visibility and awareness so all who work or live here can come together to honor the past and grow the future.

Your voluntary monthly contribution recognizes the sovereignty of the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan and acknowledges their historic relationship with this land, their ancestral homelands.

Payments can be structured as a percentage of monthly income or a flat monthly contribution.

Our Acknowledgements

· We acknowledge these are the ancestral homelands of the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe.

· We acknowledge this land was taken repeatedly with no compensation or regard for the lives and ways of the original people, until they had no land left.

· We acknowledge we are settlers here, that we live, love and work on land the Nisenan never ceded.


Together we can amend the tragic legacy of the past.”


For more info, visit, call 530.570.0846,  or send an email  

Donations are accepted online or via mail sent c/o CHIRP, P.O. Box 2624, Nevada City, CA 95959