California Indian Heritage Center Park Property

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Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. has made significant commitments to strengthen the relationship between the state and California’s tribal communities. The Governor’s 2018-19 State budget invests $100 million in state funds with an additional $100 million in donations to be raised for the design and construct the California Indian Heritage Center (CIHC). Fundraising efforts will drive the phased build-out of the CIHC.

This project 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 values, and a place to engage all visitors in celebrating the living cultures of California tribes.

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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)

This project will develop the CIHC at the confluence of the Sacramento and American Rivers in West Sacramento (Yolo County).  The CIHC will replace the historic California State Indian Museum on the grounds of Sutter's Fort State Historic Park in downtown Sacramento.

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.

The California Indian Heritage Center (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.

The vison of the California Indian Heritage Center (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.

  1. Create a place that represents and celebrates all California Indian Cultures, while remaining nameless, faceless and neutral
  2. Honor and respect local tribal protocols and traditions for welcoming other tribes
  3. Build a Center on the premise of Healing the Land, demonstrating traditional values for land stewardship and environmental consciousness
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Provide integrated indoor and outdoor spaces to facilitate transfer of culture, education and preservation of traditions, and enable site flexibility, allowing different event formats
  7. Provide safe and comfortable spaces for all visitors, emphasizing easy pedestrian circulation
  8. Create a Center that is a good neighbor through community engagement