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

First Nation’s Focus October 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 Oct. 18 through Nov. 15.

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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.

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.

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.

Business Idea Generation Workshop — Oct. 18, 19 and Nov. 15. A free workshop for all Native Americans who might be interested in starting a business. Sessions include: Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18; Washoe Tribe, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Carson City TANF Office; Battle Mountain Tribe, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Battle Mountain Community Center. Registration is at For information, email April Lemly at

La Ka Lel Be Nevada Day Powwow — Oct. 27-29, Multi-Purpose Athletic Center, 1860 Russell Way, Carson City. Grand entry will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 27, 2 and 7 p.m. Oct. 28 and noon Oct. 29. For vendor and general information, call Martin Montgomery at 775-450-9655 or Rebecca Gomez at 775-450-3612. For hand game tournament information, call Lyndah GhostBear at 775-297-2459. To inquire about the horseshoe tournament, call Jon Flint at 775-350-7900.

Santa Fe Springs Powwow — Nov. 4-5, Heritage Park, 12100 Mora Drive, Santa Fe, Calif. The event will celebrate Native American life through dancing, singing, drumming and food. Exhibitors will be on hand to offer Native American-made products such as jewelry, clothing, blankets and pottery. Admission is free. No pets. Contact 520-272-2802 or

49th Annual American Indian Cultural Festival — Nov. 4-5, Orange County Fair and Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, Calif. The family event encourages all ages to attend for an American Indian cultural exchange. The event offers authentic food, arts, crafts, gourd dancing and drumming. General admission is $5 per person. Call 800-250-6393, or email

Indigenous Comic Con 2 — Tickets are available for Indigenous Comic Con 2, billed as the first comic convention by Natives and for Natives, on Nov. 10-12 at Isleta Resort, just south of Albuquerque, N.M. This year’s headliner is Eugene Brave Rock, an actor from the Blackfoot tribe who played Napi in this year’s “Wonder Woman.” Also to be featured are comic creators Arigon Starr, Jon Proudstarr, illustrators Lalo Alcaraz, and Weshoyot Alvitre, actors J. Larose and Alan Tafoya, and author Richard Van Camp. For information, contact Lee Francis at 505-948-4517 or by email at

16th Annual Veterans Appreciation and Heritage Powwow — Nov. 11-12, South Gate Park, South Gate, Calif. In honor of Army veteran Tony Little Hawk, the powwow includes dancing, storytelling, raffles, veteran resource programs, Native-made crafts, free haircuts, a cakewalk, food, music and more. Contact Paul Quintana at 747-230-7176.

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. Visitors will experience colorful dancers in traditional regalia, crafts, displays, and traditional food.

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



Trick or Treat Basketball Tourney — Oct. 20-22, Window Rock Sport Center, Window Rock, Ariz. Divisions are men’s, coed, women’s and 40 and over men. Entry is $150. Awards will be given to first, second and third place teams in addition to MVP and all-tourney. Contact Frankie at 505-906-5155.

Battle by the Bay Men’s All Native Tournament — Oct. 20-22, Tulalip Teen Center, Tulalip, Wash. Awards include $1,500 for first; $500 for second; $250 for third in addition to shirts and all-star and MVP prizes. Entry costs $250. Contact Lonnie Enick at 360-913-0848 or Josh Fryberg at 360-926-4718.

Haunted Hoopfest 2017 — Oct. 20-22, Lower Elwha Gym, Port Angeles, Wash. The open men’s division costs $300 to enter. Prizes include jackets for first, hoodies for second and T-shirts for third. Prizes also will be offered to all-stars, MVP and top gun. Contact Jojo at 360-912-5822 or Darryl at 360-460-1522.

Suquamish Men’s and Women’s Tournament — Oct. 21-22, Suquamish Fitness Center, 5243 NE Totten Road, Poulsbo, Wash. The division is men’s all-native plus 1 and women’s all-native plus 2. Contact Craig Miller at 360-394-8574 or Entry costs $275. Checks can be made payable to the Suquamish Tribe. First place winners get jackets; second place finishers get hoodies and third place teams get crewneck shirts. Fourth place players earn long-sleeved shirts. Other awards are given for all stars and MVP. For information, contact Magdalena Turrieta at 360-509-9512 or

V.V.Y.B – Spookn & Hoopn — Oct. 27-29, Yavapai/Apache Gym, 2400 W. Datsi St., Camp Verde, Ariz. The boys’ high school tournament costs $175 by Oct. 24. Awards are hoodies for first, long-sleeved shirts for second; T-shirts for third; long-sleeved shirts for all-tourney and sweatshirts for MVPs. Teams mush show proof of age and picture ID as well as a report card or class schedule, upon request. Call or text Delbert Smith at 928-592-8381.

5th Annual Pechanga Basketball Classic — Nov. 3-5, Pechanga Recreation Center, Temecula, Calif. The all-Native men’s tournament offers $2,000 for first place, $1000 for second in addition to all tourney and MVP awards. Entry costs $400 and must be paid by Oct. 27. Contact Joseph Masiel at 951-259-4554.

Suquamish High School Boys and Girls Tournament — Nov. 4-5, Suquamish Fitness Center, 5243 NE Totten Road, Poulsbo, Wash. Open to Native high school boys and girls. Entry is $200, half of which is due by Oct. 30. Checks can be made payable to the Suquamish Tribe. Awards are as follows: jackets for first; hoodies for second; crewneck for third; long-sleeved shirts for fourth. MVP and all stars will be awarded as well. Contact Craig Miller at 360-394-8574 and or Magdalena Turrieta at 360-509-9512 and

Free Youth Basketball Clinic — 12 p.m., Nov. 5, Reno Sparks Indian Colony Gymnasium, 34 Reservation Road, Reno. The event is presented by the Native American Alumni Chapter and University of Nevada, Reno, in conjunction with NikeN7 and the Nevada Men’s Basketball team. For information, email

18th Annual Salton L. Reede Veterans Memorial Basketball Tournament — Nov. 10-12, San Carlos, Ariz. Open to men and women 18 and over. Entry costs $250 for those under 35 and $200 for players 35 and over. The contest offers a 12-team bracket. Teams must have proof of tribal enrollment, CIB or Tribal ID. Cash prizes will be given to champs in all divisions, and awards will go to second and third finishers, all-tourney and MVP. The deadline to register is Nov. 3. Contact Zack Reede at 928-812-5002 or Xan Reede at 928-200-8820. 

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. Entry costs $250 by Nov. 2; call Kevin at 480-789-7884.