California Indian Heritage Center Park Property

California Indian Heritage Center

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)


The 51-acre California Indian Heritage Center (CIHC) site—at the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers in West Sacramento—is at the center of the thriving urban State Capitol region. In June 2019, the City of West Sacramento completed the transfer of its 43-acre parcel to California State Parks to realize the long-desired build out of the CIHC. The site’s design and development began in earnest with the commitment in the Governor’s 2018-2019 budget to invest $100 million in state funds. A campaign is underway to raise a matching donation of $100 million for the phased buildout.

Once complete, the CIHC will draw visitors from across California, the nation, and the world to this center of statewide significance for cultural preservation, learning and exchange, land stewardship based on Native American values, and a place to engage all visitors in celebrating the living cultures of California tribe communities.

Join us in the process!

Fentress Architects Selected as the Design Firm for the California Indian Heritage Center

California State Parks and the California Indian Heritage Center Task Force today announced Fentress Architects as the firm to design the long-desired build out of the California Indian Heritage Center (CIHC). Once complete, visitors from across California, the nation, and the world will be drawn to this center of statewide significance for cultural preservation, learning and exchange, land stewardship based on Native American values, and a place to engage all visitors celebrating the living cultures of California tribal communities.

In the next few months, the CIHC Task Force, California State Parks and Fentress Architects will kick off a public engagement process, including extensive tribal outreach. Members of the public and tribal communities who would like to be notified of upcoming events and/or receive information on how they can get involved with the project are invited to contact State Parks via email at


California Indian Heritage Center

For questions, comments, concerns, please contact us at:


Phone: T(855) 941-2824
Mailing Address: One Capitol Mall,  Suite 410
Sacramento CA 95814

LOCATION: West Sacramento (Yolo County) at Marina Way, West Sacramento 

CIHC Project Plan

This project will develop the CIHC at the confluence of the Sacramento and American Rivers in West Sacramento (Yolo County). The project constitutes a decades-long collaboration and demonstrates the state’s commitment to and responsibility for partnering with California Native American tribal governments and communities along with allied individuals and institutions to develop the site.

The proposed project will include approximately 120,000 square feet of building space accommodating a wide range of programmatic areas, including but not limited to:

  • Entry/Orientation center
  • Library, Display, and Interpretive Exhibits
  • Collection Storage
  • Space for Public Art
  • Community Forums
  • Outdoor Plaza
  • Exhibition and Educational Facilities
  • Outdoor Venues
  • Interpretative/ Educational Trail Connections to the Sacramento river

California State Parks engagement with tribal communities and other stakeholders will ensure the final program scope reflects shared values and priorities achieved through a collaborative process.


Statement of Purpose

The CIHC 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.

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Vision Statement

The vision of the CIHC is to partner with tribal communities, regional cultural centers and museums to present a statewide perspective on California’s diverse Indian cultural legacy. To enhance public understanding of the traditional and spiritual beliefs, practices, and contributions to promote dialogue between generations. To provide educational opportunities to research and understand California’s Indian history, cultures and impact of contemporary issues.

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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 the site and facilities with a natural character, using natural materials and a light footprint on the land, and embrace the river and seasons
  • Provide integrated indoor and outdoor spaces to facilitate transfer of culture, education and preservation of traditions, and enable site flexibility, allowing different event formats
  • 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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Project Outreach Events 2019

Throughout the course of the outreach process in Fall 2019, State Parks was able to gather input from at least 200 individuals, and provided project information to 1,859 visitors, including via the project website. At least 90 participants shared input by participating in poster voting activities, 23 individuals submitted comment cards, 100 individual submitted comments through the online survey, and numerous others engaged in conversation with State Parks staff at events.

  • Onsite Pop Up: September 26, 2019
  • Native American Day: September 27, 2019
  • UCLA Outreach Event: November 2, 2019
  • UC Davis Outreach Event: November 8, 2019
  • Autry Native American Marketplace: November 9 & 10, 2019