First Peoples Cultural Tour of Chico State

The "Three Sisters" statue on Chico State's campus, comprised of three women standing nine and a half feet tall cast in concrete
The Three Sisters at Chico State (Photo credit (Sam Rivera/CSU, Chico)

Honor and learn more about the First Peoples of the land that Chico State resides on with a cultural tour of the CSU Chico campus. The tour covers historical events, contemporary issues, and the building of the relationship between the Mechoopda Indian Tribe, the city of Chico, and Chico State. The tour has four major stopping points, which include:

  • The Office of Tribal Relations: Working to connect the Chico State campus with Native American students to provide access, social, emotional, and academic support.
  • The Tree of Peace: A redwood planted in front of Trinity Hall in 1988 in response to several racially motivated incidents on campus
  • The Three Sisters: Crafted by Deborah Masters, the statue is based on Antoine Chekov’s play, The Three Sisters, and comprises three women standing nine and a half feet tall cast in concrete
  • Bidwell Mansion: Just a few blocks from Chico State’s main campus, the Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park stands as a memorial to John and Annie Bidwell, who had a complicated relationship with the Mechoopda people that had been living in what is now Chico for thousands of years