Welcome to my work pages. I hope the information provided on this site will serve to educate, inspire, call-to-action, authenticate and even investigate local Native culture here in the Sierra Nevada Foothills. Learn about the Nisenan Tribe of the Nevada City Rancheria and the history of the Gold Rush from our perspective. My site will also help to showcase the cultural diversity of the Nisenan people and that of their neighboring Tribes. As my Grandfather said to me; "We're not Maidu; We're Nishenam". We are unique; We are diverse; We are Nisenan. This is a look into my journey to solidify the Nisenan identity in our community.


Shelly Covert

Tribal Spokesperson for the Nevada City Rancheria &

Executive Director of CHIRP

photography provided by Aeron Miller



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