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To move forward developing CIHC, a thoughtful and comprehensive community outreach process has begun to engage California tribes and Native American people across the state.

California Indian Heritage Center

Project Overview

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. In June 2019, the City of West Sacramento completed the transfer of its 43-acre parcel 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 commitment in the Governor’s 2018-2019 budget to invest $100 million in state funds. A campaign is underway to raise a matching donation of $100 million for the phased buildout.

Project Site

The 51-acre California Indian Heritage Center (CIHC) site—at the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers in West Sacramento—is at the center of the thriving urban State Capitol region. 


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)