For Immediate Release: 6/1/2023
The California Indian Heritage Center hosts a neighborhood workshop for the West Sacramento community to gather input on the Future Heritage Center design and program
For the California Governor’s Office of Tribal Affairs:
Christina Snider, Secretary of Tribal Affairs
For California State Parks:
Jennifer Cabrera, Project Manager for the California Indian Heritage Center
To the Fentress/Amaktoolik Outreach Team:
Lisa Jelliffe, Project Outreach Team Manager
Sunday, June 4, 2023 from 2:30-4:00 pm at the future site of the California Indian Heritage Center, Marina Way, West Sacramento
WEST SACRAMENTO, California. — California Indian Heritage Center (CIHC) today announced 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, from 2:30 pm to 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 for this highly anticipated project began in February 2023. The outreach initiative will run through 2023 and hopes to hear from California tribes and Native Americans across the state. The results of the comprehensive extension process will guide the design of the future building and the development of the site.
The location of the future CIHC is a 51-acre site that lies along the banks of the confluence of the American and Sacramento rivers in West Sacramento. Due to the building’s location and the City of West Sacramento’s long-standing commitment to the project, involvement of 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’s participation 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 tribal and cultural 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 intergenerational dialogue. It will also provide educational opportunities to research and understand California Indian history, cultures, and the impact of contemporary issues.
CIHC will partner with tribal communities, regional cultural centers, and museums to create a statewide perspective on California’s diverse Indian cultural heritage. Once completed, the CIHC will draw visitors from across California, the nation, and the world to this center of statewide importance 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’s tribal communities.
The 51-acre CIHC site, at the confluence of the American and Sacramento rivers in West Sacramento, is at the center of the thriving urban region of the State Capitol. The site was acquired in June 2019 when the City of West Sacramento completed the transfer of the land to California State Parks for the much-anticipated construction of the CIHC. Site design and development began in earnest with 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 phased construction.
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