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Fate of Nisenan to be discussed Thursday

Sarah Winnemucca, called “The Paiute Princess” by the press, toured the U.S. speaking out against the treatment of her people. She wrote" Life Among the Piutes" in 1883, from her lecture notes. Sarah’s grandfather, Chief Truckee, guided Frémont’s expedition over the Sierra summit.
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On Thursday, the Nevada County Historical Society will present “American California and the Fate of the Nisenan,” a multimedia presentation by Shelly Covert of the Nevada City Nisenan Rancheria and Richard Hurley and TJ Meekins, authors of the historical novel Queen of the Northern Mines.

The Foothill Nisenan, the indigenous people of Nevada County, lived at the epicenter of the Gold Rush. Through historical photos and eyewitness narratives, the show tells how the Nisenan way of life was destroyed and how the tribe was pushed to the edge of extinction.

The story of the Paiute Wars of 1860 and the death of Nevada City’s favorite son, Henry Meredith, will be told from Paiute point of view. Legendary Indian fighter General George Crook’s first campaign in California will be seen through his eyes — and through those of Joaquin Miller, “The Poet of the Sierras,” who fought on both sides of the conflict.



Covert will tell her tribe’s story of survival and share photographs from family albums that the wider community has not yet seen.

This will be a joint meeting of the Nevada County Historical Society and the Conference of California Historical Societies. The presentation begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Gold Miners Inn (Holiday Inn) on 121 Bank St., in Grass Valley, and is free. (The historical society will return to its regular venue at the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City for its next meeting.)




For more information, visit http://www.bearriverbooks.com/pages/events.html.


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