Tribe receives long-promised piece of land |

Tribe receives long-promised piece of land

A piece of the land promised to western Nevada County’s native people in an 1851 treaty will be given to the Tsi-Akim Maidu Tribe Friday, courtesy of the Nevada County Historical Society.

The 0.9 acre parcel is located on Perimeter Road near the southwest corner of the county.

The land is part of the original 35-square-mile expanse that stretched south to the Bear River, north to the South Yuba, encompassed the Penn Valley and Lake Wildwood areas to the west and bordered Rough and Ready to the east, said tribal Chairman Don Ryberg.

The federal government went so far as to survey the land, but never ratified the treaty, he said.

“It’s a beautiful piece of land,” said Tony Sweaton, a member of the historical society’s board of directors. “You can see grind stones in the bedrock. They must be thousands of years old.”

Ryberg said the land isn’t big enough to build on, but will be used for tribal gatherings.

“The piece of land is very important to us because it does link us to our past,” Ryberg said. “Now we can say we’re not a landless tribe. Now we have borders to protect, we have a responsibility.”

WHAT: Tsi-Akim Maidu deed signing ceremony

WHEN: Noon, Friday

WHERE: Mackey Real Estate, 206 Main, Nevada City

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