Homeland Return for Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan

Date Posted: February 1, 2024

Posted by: AArtle

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The Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe has a time-limited opportunity to purchase 232 acres located on a historic Nisenan Village site called Yulića near Nevada City - what is currently known as Woolman.


Our fundraising goal of $2.4 million includes the purchase price, government-mandated improvements, and an operating endowment. Phase 1 fundraising: $1.5 million by April 4, 2024. This is the Tribe’s best opportunity to re-establish a homeland in more than half a century, but we need your help to make it happen.

As with all Indigenous traditions, the Tribe’s health and its Culture is symbiotic with the Land and with the connection between People and Land. Because the Tribe was left with no land to call its own after the violence of the gold rush and federal legislation aimed at eradicating Native Americans, it’s no wonder that the Tribe still struggles.

The California Heritage: Indigenous Research Program (CHIRP) is a California nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. CHIRP’s mission is to preserve, protect, and perpetuate Nisenan Culture and support the Tribe’s efforts to restore its federal recognition. CHIRP realizes its mission through eight program areas: Cultural Preservation; Economic Development; Land-Back and Sacred Sites; Environmental and Human Health; The Arts; Research, Archives and Database; Visibility, Advocacy and Education; and Leadership Development. These programs exist in feedback loops that weave each area out into the larger society and back through the Nisenan people.

While all of CHIRP’s cultural preservation activities are critical, there’s only so much the organization can do without addressing a fundamental root cause of trauma and dis-ease among the Tribe — i.e., the separation of the Land from its People and vice versa. This initiative returns land to its original caretakers, giving the Tribe a more effective and sustainable pathway towards healing and restoring justice and balance in our country and in our world.

CHIRP seeks tax-deductible donations to support this capital campaign. Funds raised will cover the land’s cost, government-mandated improvements, and an endowment for ongoing costs including insurance, property taxes, and maintenance.

Thank you so much for helping bring this dream to fruition and ensuring that the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe has a home in its own Homelands once again. Transitioning the land back to the Tribe embodies Woolman’s values and is a spiritual endeavor to promote right relationship between its recent stewards and the land’s original inhabitants.

NOTE: All funds raised for purchasing the Woolman land, will be applied exclusively for the identification and purchase of a property that fits the needs identified by the Tribe, should the Woolman land purchase fall through for any reason.

If you’d like to make a larger donation or prefer to pay by check, you can:

  • Make checks payable to CHIRP (memo line: “Homeland Return”) and mail to: CHIRP, P.O. Box 2624, Nevada City, CA 95959 -or-
  • Contact us through GoFundMe for bank account information or other forms of payment.

Learn more here.

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