First Nation’s Focus November 2017: Calendar of Events |

First Nation’s Focus November 2017: Calendar of Events

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RENO, Nev. — Below is a list of ongoing and upcoming events, as published in the October 2017 edition of First Nation’s Focus, for a timeframe of Nov. 15 through Nov. 19.

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

Yoga — 12:10-12:50 p.m., Tuesdays, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Tribal Health Clinic, 1715 Kuenzli St., Reno. Registration isn’t required and all levels are welcome.

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.

Line Dancing — 5:15-6:15 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Tribal Health Clinic, 1715 Kuenzli St., Reno. For information, call Vanessa at 775-329-5162, ext. 1946.

Women’s Circle Craft Night and Potluck — 5-6:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, 101 Big Bend Ranch Road, Wadsworth.

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.

Scrapbooking for Beginners — 5-6:30 p.m., first Wednesday of the month, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, 101 Big Bend Ranch Road, Wadsworth. Call 775-575-9444.

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.

Yoga — The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe holds classes weekly on Wednesday. Hours and location vary. Call 775-574-1018.

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.

Literacy Skills for Parents — Come to the Carson TANF office, 2310 S. Carson St., at 1 p.m. Thursdays to learn how to help your children develop strong reading and writing skills.

Weekly Community Market — 5 p.m.-dusk, Thursdays, Paiute-Shoshone Cultural Center 2300, W. Line St., Bishop, Calif.

Spartan Training — 5 p.m., Fridays, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Tribal Health Clinic, 1715 Kuenzli St., Reno. Strength, agility and endurance training. For information, call Vanessa at 775-329-5162, ext. 1946.

Talking Circle — 5:30-6:30 p.m., second Friday of the month, Paiute-Shoshone Cultural Center, 2300 W. Line St., Bishop, Calif.

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.

Bishop Paiute Tribal Council Meeting — 5:30-7 p.m., 23 and Dec. 14, Bishop Paiute Reservation, 2490 Diaz Lane, Bishop, Calif.

Business Idea Generation Workshop — 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Nov. 15, Battle Mountain Community Center. A free workshop for all Native Americans who might be interested in starting a business. Registration is at For information, email April Lemly at

Pahrump Social Powwow — Nov. 17-19, Petrack Park, corner of Highway 160 and Basin Avenue, Pahrump, Nev. The event celebrates Native American culture, including that of the Western Shoshone and Paiute tribes who call Pahrump home. Visit to learn more.

Tribal Thanksgiving Dinner — Nov. 18, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe.

American Indian Achievement Awards — The annual awards banquet and silent auction returns from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Governor’s Mansion in Carson City. All proceeds benefit the preservation of the historic Stewart Indian School in Carson City. Awards will honor American Indian Community Leader of the Year; American Indian Youth Ambassador of the Year; American Indian Youth Services/Role Model of the Year; and Contributor/Supporter of the Year. For information, go to

After Thanksgiving Craft Fair — 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Nov. 24 and 25, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Gym, 34 Reservation Road. The Eagle Wings fundraiser will showcase more than 40 vendors. It includes a raffle, canned food drive and other activities. Vendor space is available for $30 per day. Payment is due before the event. Vendors must bring their own tables and chairs for 9 a.m. setup. For information, contact Lois Kane at 775-425-3804, Stacey Burns at 775-785-1321, or Adriana Guiterrez at 775-785-1320.

Los Angeles Powwow — 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 9, Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. The event brings all tribes to downtown Los Angeles, near City Hall and the L.A. Times, on an area of land that one of the first Native villages of the area inhabited. It offers dance contests, Native food, hoop dancers, arts and crafts. For information, contact Pat Lopez at 505-599-1524 or

Spotlight Casino Powwow — Dec. 8-10, Spotlight Casino, 46-200 Harrison Place, Coachella, Calif. Drum and dance contests will be offered in multiple divisions. First place winners could earn as much as $4,000. For information, call 866-377-6829 or

Elders/Seniors Christmas Party — Dec. 14, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe.

Community Christmas Party — Dec. 16, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe.

Tribal Election Day — Dec. 30, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe.



Mattie Fields “Think Pink” — Nov. 17-19, Middle Verde Gym, Camp Verde, Ariz. The open men’s and women’s tournament has an entry deadline of Nov. 14. It supports breast cancer awareness and offers awards for first, second and third place plus MVP. Contact Freddy Fields at 928-592-7941 or Libby Johnson at 928-821-5918.

Orme Dam Victory Days — Nov. 17-19, Fort McDowell Recreation Center, Fort McDowell, Ariz. Division is modified men’s and women’s with three non-Native players per team. Format is double elimination with single championship game. Players must show eligibility documentation (photo ID, tribal ID or CIB card) upon request. Call Kevin at 480-789-7884.

Chester Smith Memorial Basketball Tournament — Nov. 17-19, Yerington, Nev. Adult divisions for men and women: $300 entry. Over 45 men-women: $250 entry. Coed youth divisions for first-third, fourth-sixth and seventh-eighth grades: $180 entry. Team entry fees are due by Nov. 3. No dunking allowed. The event offers a raffle and awards in all divisions. Ten players are permitted per team. The tournament is a 100th birthday celebration for Chester Smith Sr. Proceeds benefit the 2018 Yerington High School Senior Scholarship Award. For information, contact Debra Keats at 775-463-2350 or 775-230-8383 or

Thanksgiving Holiday Classic Youth Coed Basketball Tournament — Nov. 24-26, Venturacci Gym, Fallon, Nev. The tournament is open to youth coed in grades 1-3, 4-6 and 7-8. Format is true double elimination. Awards will be given to champions, runner-up, third place, MVPs and all stars. Entry is $160 per team by Nov. 1. Contact Churchill County Parks and Recreation at 775-423-7733.

Tulalip All Native/Pacific Islander Thanksgiving Tournament — Nov. 24-26, Tulalip Teen Center, Tulalip, Wash. Men’s division with a 10-man roster. Awards include jackets and cash up to $1,500. Entry is $300; contact Lonnie at 360-913-0848, Josh at 360-926-4718 or Shawn at 360-913-7615. Pacific Islanders must have proof of nationality. Natives must have tribal ID upon request.

Tulalip Women’s Iron 5+1 All Native/Pacific Islander Thanksgiving Tourney — Nov. 24-26, Tulalip Teen Center, Tulalip, Wash. The event, with an entrance fee of $250, offers jackets, shirts and cash prizes up to $1,000. Contact Darcy Enick at 360-913-7328 or Sheena Robinson at 360-913-7531. Pacific Islanders must have proof of nationality. Natives must have tribal ID.

Shonto Men’s Tourney — Nov. 24-25, Shonto Prep School, Shonto, Ariz. Men’s division hosting 12 teams only. For information, call 928-209-2234.

Holiday Classic
— Dec. 1-3, Old Stewart Indian School Gym, Carson City, Nev. Division: Open, Coed, youth 1-3rd, 4th-6th, 7-8th. Entry costs $180; $100 deposits are due by Nov. 24. Contact Tony Kizer, 775-781-2041. Frist, second and third place awards (jackets, long-sleeved shirts and shorts) will be given in addition to MVP duffel bags.

Tulalip Winter Open — Dec. 2-3, Tulalip Teen Center, Tulalip, Wash. Division: 12U coed and 10U coed. Registration is $125. Contact Lonnie at 360-913-0848, Darcy at 360-913-7328, or Shawn at 360-913-7615. Awards include hoodies and trophies for first; long-sleeved shirts and trophies for second and T-shirts and trophies for third. Prizes will be given for all-stars/MVP.

Christmas Basketball Clinic — Dec. 18-22, Flagstaff, Ariz. Division: Boys and Girls in grades 1-4, 5-8 and high school. The clinic offers students the chance to have fun while improving fundamental basketball skills like ball handling, shooting, defense, footwork, agility, separation moves, pivoting and passing. For information, contact 928-853-0014 or

4th Annual Rainmakers Youth Basketball Tournament — Jan. 19-21,
 Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Gym, 34 Reservation Road, Reno. NV
Division: Youth Co-Ed first-third; fourth-sixth; and seventh-eighth. Entry of $200 must pay before you’re the first game. Contact Shane Sanchez at 775-303-9420 or 775-329-4930. Awards: Champion, Runner-Up, Third Place, All-Stars, M.V.P.


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