Earlier this month, California State Parks announced its plan to change the interpretative and educational programming of Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park to acknowledge the role that John Sutter played in the genocide and enslavement of California Indian Peoples.
“For decades California Indian Tribal Nations and communities have called for the true history of John Sutter to be told,” said Larry Myers (Pomo), chairperson of the California Indian Heritage Center Foundation. “It’s never been more important to prioritize Native perspectives in the public places and narratives that memorialize our state history. I’m glad that State Parks has started the process of reinterpreting Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, and I want to thank all of the Indigenous activists and community members who helped push for a change. I also want to thank Cindi Alvitre, Cliff Trafzer, and everyone at the California Indian Heritage Center Foundation who provided input and support during the process of creating these important changes to the Park's interpretative programming. They are long overdue.”
You can learn more and read State Parks’ Draft Interpretation Master Plan at https://interpretingsuttersfort.org/. They are asking the public for feedback and are hosting a series of virtual workshops tomorrow, March 23 and April 14, both at 6:00 PM. You can register for these workshops and join the project mailing list on the project website.