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Rekindling the Spirit with the Nisenan of Nevada County 4th Annual Nisenan Heritage Day

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The indigenous people of Nevada County, the Nisenan, the Sierra College Nevada County Campus, the California Heritage Indigenous Research Project (CHIRP), and the Firehouse No. 1 Museum in Nevada City invite the public to the fourth annual Nisenan Heritage Day. It will be held from 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday, November 2, 2013, in the Multipurpose Center, Building N12, at the Sierra College Nevada County Campus in Grass Valley.

The day will be filled with California indigenous culture and education with special focus on the Nisenan of Nevada City Rancheria, which was known as “Campoodie” and located outside of Nevada City. “We are proud that this year’s Heritage Day event is co-sponsored by Sierra College,” said Shelly Covert, secretary of the Nevada City Rancheria Tribal Council. “The Nisenan story belongs in our educational system from grammar school to college. We see the co-sponsorship with Sierra College as a huge first step in that direction. This year’s theme ‘Rekindling the Spirit’ speaks well to the reintroduction of Nisenan history in the educational system.”

Native American academic and professional speakers will give individual presentations as well as panel style discussion about current events and topics of historical and cultural relevance. Descendants from the Nevada City Rancheria, which was terminated in 1964, will speak about their history and tell stories of survival.

Guests can enjoy performances by traditional dancers, some of which are direct descendants of Nisenan Chief Louis Kelly, master basket weavers and respected native Californian artists displaying and selling their jewelry and art. Local authors will be on hand to discuss their books, and offer sales and signings.

This community event is appropriate for all ages. Parking is free. Lunch boxes from the Briarpatch Natural Foods Co-op will be available for purchase. For more information about the Nisenan, visit: www.nevadacityrancheria.org

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