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California Indian Heritage Center

The California Indian Heritage Center (CIHC) will be a distinctive and honorable place where past, present and future experiences and achievements of California Indians are recognized, celebrated and shared. The CIHC Foundation, the Native American Heritage Commission, California State Parks and the community are working together to create the California Indian Heritage Center. The Center is a place where Indian people can come together to celebrate past and present traditions. It is a place for all people from around the world to learn about the history of California’s Indian communities and Native American culture. The CIHC will replace the California State Indian Museum when it opens.


CIHC STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  The California Indian Heritage Center honors the diversity and history of California Indian people by preserving cultural and tribal traditions, nurturing contemporary expressions, and facilitating research and education, for California, the nation, and the world.


VISION STATEMENT:
Present a statewide perspective on California’s diverse Indian cultural legacy.
• Honor the contributions of California Indians and promote dialogue between generations
• Enhance public understanding of traditional and spiritual beliefs and practices.
• Collect and present traditional and contemporary California Indian artistic and cultural expressions
• Partner with tribal communities and regional cultural centers and museums
• Provide educational opportunities to research and understand California’s Indian history, cultures and the impact of contemporary issues
• Be recognized as a treasured California


GUIDING PRINCIPLES:
• Create a place that represents and celebrates all California Indian Cultures, while remaining nameless, faceless and neutral
• Honor and respect local tribal protocols and traditions for welcoming other tribes
• Build a Center on the premise of Healing the Land, demonstrating traditional values for land stewardship and environmental consciousness
• Encourage understanding of Indian values through site design, reinforcing the message of Californian Indian Culture as a Living Culture. Inject California Indian values in all aspects of site development
• Develop site and facilities with a natural character, using natural materials and a light footprint on the land
• Embrace the river and the seasons
• Enable site flexibility, allowing different event formats
• Provide integrated indoor and outdoor spaces to facilitate transfer of culture, education and preservation of traditions
• Provide safe and comfortable spaces for all visitors, emphasizing easy pedestrian circulation
• Create a Center that is a good neighbor through community engagement

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“As the Sacramento region is central to the present and future of all Californians, so is the California Indian Heritage Center to the traditions, present and future, of all original people of this land.”                                                               - Jack Norton  (Hupa/Cherokee)