Nisipowinan Village Site


This is the site of one of the largest Indian villages and cemeteries in the Central Valley. No physical structures remain.

Sutter's Fort State Historic Park
California State Parks
Group Acknowledged: 
Nissenan People
Historical Subject: 

This is the site of a major California Indian village. The Nissenan tribe occupied the land upon the arrival of John Sutter, the Swiss immigrant who built a fort and working plantation-style ranch adjacent to the tribe. Sutter made deals with the Nissenan leaders in exchange for labor.

While Sutter's Fort was reconstructed and made into a California State Park, nothing remains of the Nissenan village and their graveyard is unmarked.

Physical Aspects: 

Near Sutter's Fort and within the borders of Sutter's Fort State Park in Sacramento, no plaque or obvious marker exists for this site. It is a field with scrub bushes.

Date of Dedication: 
June 1976
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