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Supervisors Get Behind Nisenan Recognition

Nevada County has joined Nevada City in supporting the Nisenan Tribe’s efforts to regain federal recognition. The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution at their meeting Tuesday morning. Administrative Analyst Jeff Thorsby told the Board that, through meetings between Supervisors Heidi Hall and Sue Hoek and tribe representatives, they’ve identified the next steps in what continues to be a challenging process…

click to listen to Jeff Thorsby

The Nisenan, with 147 members in Nevada City, was originally recognized, in 1913, with a 75-acre rancheria, until its termination in 1958. Then in 1964, it was sold at auction. In 1988, the government repudiated terminations of what was a total of 41 tribes at the time. And though many have been restored, the Nisenan is one three still awaiting re-recognition. Tribe spokesperson Shelly Covert says it’s critical to their financial survival…

click to listen to Shelly Covert

Thorsby says congressional action is the most likely course of action for the restoration. But it does not preclude administrative or judicial processes. Nevada City passed its resolution in September.

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