August-September 2018 Calendar of Events for First Nation’s Focus |

August-September 2018 Calendar of Events for First Nation’s Focus

A young dancer takes part in the Sept. 2 grand entry at the 2017 Numaga Indian Days Powwow.
Photo: Brad Coman

RENO, Nev. — Below is a list of ongoing and upcoming events, as published in the July-August 2018 edition of First Nation’s Focus, for a timeframe of Aug. 15 to Sept. 18.

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Paiute Language Class — 6-8 p.m., Tuesdays, Wadsworth Community Building, 320 Pyramid St., Wadsworth.

Substance Abuse Support Group — 6-7 p.m., Tuesdays, Sumunumu Resource Center, 460 W. Main St., Fernley. Topics discussed include narcotics abuse, alcohol abuse and anger management.

Victim Services Program Women’s Advisory Committee — 5-6:30 p.m., second Wednesday of the month, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, 101 Big Bend Ranch Road, Wadsworth.

Teen Dating Violence Support Group — 5:45-6:30 p.m., third Wednesday of the month, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, 101 Big Bend Ranch Road, Wadsworth.

Weekly Teen Parenting Class — 6-7:30 p.m., Thursdays, Sumunumu Resource Center, 460 W. Main St., Fernley.

Nuumu Yadoha Language Classes — 5:30-6:30 p.m., Thursdays. Sponsored by the Bishop Paiute Tribe, the classes are held weekly. Contact the tribal office for location and other details: 760-873-3584.

Sexual Assault Support Group — 5-6:30 p.m., fourth Friday of the month, 101 Big Bend Ranch Road, Wadsworth.

Freedom to Be You — 1-2 p.m., Saturdays, 101 Big Bend Ranch Road, Wadsworth. The women’s educational support group meets weekly to discuss a different topic each session. Childcare is available on site.


2018 Silver State Gourd Society 4th Annual Gourd Dance — Aug. 17-19, RSIC, 34 Reservation Road. The celebration will open with a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. and princess contest at 7 p.m. on Aug. 17, and continue with a gourd dance at 1 p.m., dinner at 5 p.m. and another gourd dance at 7 p.m. on Aug. 18. Contact Sandra Williams at 775-721-6016.

Songbird: Telling the Paiute Story — 7 p.m., Aug. 23, California Trail Interpretive Center, 1 Trail Center, Elko, Nev. Christina Thomas (Paiute, Shoshone, Hopi) will share insight into her heritage. Her talk will cover traditional singing, drumming, dancing, food and the history of native people in the Great Basin. Go to

11th annual Pala Gathering & Powwow — Aug. 24-26, Pala Indian Reservation, 10779 Highway 76, Pala, Calif. Free and open to the public, the event will feature Men’s Northern Traditional, Women’s NO/SO Traditional Combined, Women’s Northern Traditional and other contests. Contact Skye McMichael at 760-891-3590.

27th annual Gathering at the Falls Powwow — Aug. 24-26, Lilac Bowl, Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St., Spokane, Wash. Dancers and singers of all ages will showcase their songs and dance styles. Dance categories are Tiny Tots, Juniors, Teens, Adults and Golden Age. Contact Shane Garcia at 509-590-5044.

Santa Rosa Days Powwow & Gathering — Aug. 25-26, Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino, 17225 Jersey Ave., Lemoore, Calif. The Tachi-Yokuts Tribe is bringing the community together to keep its traditions alive. Contact Danny Llamas at 559-362-1854.

2018 Suscol Intertribal Council 25th Annual “Unity” — Aug. 25-26, Yountville Veterans Home, picnic grounds, 100 California Drive, Yountville, Calif. The annual gathering celebrates the unity of all life. Contact Charlie Toledo at 707-256-3561 or for information.

32nd annual Numaga Indian Days Powwow —Aug. 31- Sept.2, Hungry Valley, Reno, Nevada. This free annual event is held over Labor Day weekend and features some of the best Native American dancers, singers and drummers in the country. Plus, more than 25 vendors will sell traditional native foods and stunning handcrafted silverwork, beadwork, baskets and other American Indian art. Contact Toby Stump at 775-470-1100 or Lydia Bonta at 775-842-6388, or go to, for information

48th Annual Barona Powwow — Aug. 31-Sept. 2, Barona Sports Park, 1095 Barona Road, Lakeside, Calif. Join the Barona Band of Mission Indians for a weekend of contest dancing in all categories, camping, drums and cultural immersion. Contact 619-443-6612.

Stockton University of the Pacific 37th Annual Powwow — Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 3601 Pacific Ave., Stockton, Calif. Indigenous people of the West will attend to share their songs, dances, drums, arts, crafts and food. For information, contact Christine Rosaldo at 209-662-3131.

University of Nevada, Reno Powwow — Sept. 7-8, UNR Knowledge Center lawn, 1664 N. Virginia St. The celebration honors native tradition through song and dance exhibitions across generations. It will include the 6th annual Mr. and Miss University of Nevada, Reno Powwow Pageant. Contact Saundra Mitrovich at 775-682-6499.

2018 Silver State Art Festival — Sept. 15-16, Fuji Exhibit Hall, Carson City. The festival is a gathering of gourd artists, basket makers, wood artists, photographers and painters from all the Southwest. Go to


Capture the Crown — Aug. 17-18, Komatke Boys & Girls Club, 5047 W. Pecos Road, Laveen, Ariz. Division: Youth Boys 12U, double elimination bracket. Entry is $125. Contact Terry at 602-541-8093 or Shane at 480-909-5627.

Labor Day Youth Co-Ed Basketball Tournament — Aug. 30 – Sept. 2, Middle Verde Gym, Camp Verde, Ariz. The 10-player roster, co-ed youth tournament costs $110 for ages 7-8; $120 for ages 9-10; $130 for ages 11-12 and $150 for ages 13-14. Contact 928-254-1978 or 928-274-5798.

New Wave Classic Money-Ball Shootout Tournament — Sept. 21-23, Middle Verde Gym, Camp Verde, Ariz. The open men’s competition costs $350. Contact Reyes Herrera at or 928-300-5612.

Soboba Braves Fall Shootout — Sept. 28-30, Soboba Sports Complex, 24340 Soboba Road, San Jacinto, Calif. Entry in the men’s open, eight-man roster tournament costs $400. Contact Jayvier Sandoval at 951-392-0550.