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A place of preservation faces future concerns

Potential budget cuts for Maidu Museum
By: Brody Fernandez, Lead Reporter for South Placer
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The Maidu Museum and Historical Site at 1960 Johnson Ranch Drive is a local tribute to the native Maidu and Nisenan people who lived here hundreds of years ago. 

Guided tours, native art receptions, special Maidu campfire events, native cultural speakers, petroglyph tours and native historical movie screenings are some of the events and activities at the Maidu Museum. 

Roseville officials have proposed major funding cuts, starting July 9, to the historic site in preparation of the next fiscal year’s annual budget. The proposed hours of operation has the museum open to the public once a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, eliminating seven open hours currently every day from Mondays to Thursdays.

Museum visitors are not happy about the possible reduced hours.

Roseville resident Corinn Cabello visiting the museum with her children Wednesday expressed her concerns.

“We have a very large family and our kids love coming here,” Cabello said. “It would definitely make it much more difficult to make a family trip like this if they scale back to only letting the public in on Saturday. It’s really saddening when institutions like this museum, which we are supposed to preserve and protect, are suffering from budget cuts.” 

Among other visitors Wednesday were Wendy Nelson and her third-grade students from Grass Valley Charter School. 

“As a charter school, we engage in events like this which help foster our expedition learning programs. These programs are where students receive hands-on learning from guided tours like the one they got to see today,” Nelson said. “This provides the students with a tremendous amount of knowledge on Maidu, Nisenan and other native cultures that lived right here in modern day Roseville.” 

Nelson then expressed her concerns over news of the museum’s hours being cut. 

“It’s really disheartening to hear that this was one of the proposed cuts,” she said. “Even though we utilize the museum as a school function, open access to public is just as important.” 

Roseville City Council encourages residents to attend budget workshops at 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the City Council Chambers, 311 Vernon St. E-mailed, phoned in and typed responses to real time questions during the workshops are allowed. For more information, go to roseville.ca.us/news/what_s_happening_in_roseville/final_budget_workshop_for_fy2018-19.