Nevada City Rancheria

The Nevada City Rancheria was created from an executive order by President Woodrow Wilson in 1913 from a land allotment obtained by Chief Charlie Cully in 1887. Cully's land on Cement Hill became Federal Trust Land and the Tribal government became a federally recognized entity.

The Nevada City Rancheria was one of 48 Rancherias illegally terminated in the 1950s and 1960s by the California Rancheria Termination Acts. Most have been restored; the Nevada City Nisenan Rancheria has not—yet.

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Chief Charley Cully

Chief Charley Cully

Chief Cully obtained his 75-acre allotment under the General Allotment Act of 1887, also known as the Dawes Act, for the property his band had relocated to in the 1850s.

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The Nevada City Rancheria was created in 1913.

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Your tax-deductible donation to our non-profit CHIRP allows us to continue to promote and preserve our culture in our community and beyond.

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Volunteers welcome at Nisenan Heritage Day, other local events, our next Vox Musica concert, the Firehouse Museum, or in the CHIRP office.

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Contact businesses that operate in historical Nisenan territory about joining our Ancestral Homelands Reciprocity Program, launched in 2018.

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P.O. Box 2624, Nevada City, CA 95959