For Immediate Release: 6/1/2023
California Indian Heritage Center Hosts Neighborhood Workshop for the West Sacramento Community to Gather Input on the Design and Program of Future Heritage Center
For California Governor’s Office of Tribal Affairs:
Christina Snider, Tribal Affairs Secretary
For California State Parks:
Jennifer Cabrera, California Indian Heritage Center Project Manager
For Fentress/Amaktoolik Outreach Team:
Lisa Jelliffe, Project Outreach Team Manager
Sunday, June 4th, 2023 @ 2:30 - 4:00 pm at the future site of the California Indian Heritage Center, Marina Way, West Sacramento
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Indian Heritage Center (CIHC) announced today an upcoming neighborhood workshop for the West Sacramento community. Members of the public are invited to attend the neighborhood workshop on Sunday, June 4, 2023, at 2:30 – 4:00 pm. The workshop will be hosted by the design outreach team of Fentress Architects and Amaktoolik Studios. It will take place on the site of the future Heritage Center on Marina Way in West Sacramento.
An extensive tribal engagement (outreach) initiative began in February of 2023 for this long-awaited project. The outreach initiative will last throughout 2023 and hopes to hear from California Tribes and Native American people throughout the state. Findings from the comprehensive outreach process will guide the design of the future building and the site's development.
The location of the future CIHC is a 51-acre site which sits along the banks of the American and Sacramento Rivers confluence in West Sacramento. Because of the building location and the city of West Sacramento’s long-standing commitment to the project, participation with the local community and residents is critical, as all groups will be future neighbors when the project is complete.
Information about future outreach workshops is updated on the project engagement website at CaIndianHeritageCenter.org/Participation. Additional information about the project, including the history of the Heritage Center, is available on the project website at CaIndianHeritageCenter.org.
About the California Indian Heritage Center
The vision of the California Indian Heritage Center (CIHC) is to honor the diversity and history of California Indian people cultural and tribal traditions, nurture contemporary expressions, and facilitate research and education, for California, the nation, and the world. The CIHC will enhance public understanding of traditional and spiritual beliefs, practices, and contributions to promote dialogue between generations. It will also provide educational opportunities to research and understand California Indian history, cultures, and the impact of contemporary issues.
The CIHC will partner with tribal communities, regional cultural centers, and museums to create a statewide perspective on California diverse Indian cultural legacy. 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.
The 51-acre CIHC site—at the American and Sacramento Rivers confluence in West Sacramento—is at the center of the thriving urban State Capitol region. The site was acquired in June 2019 when the city of West Sacramento completed transfer of the land 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 Governor Newsom’s 2018-2019 budget commitment to invest $100 million in state funds. A campaign is underway to raise a matching donation of $100 million for the phased build-out.
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