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

First Nation’s Focus September 2017: Calendar of Events

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RENO, Nev. — Below is a list of ongoing and upcoming events, as published in the September 2017 edition of First Nation’s Focus, for a timeframe of Sept. 20 through Oct. 18.

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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. Call 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 month, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, 101 Big Bend Ranch Road, Wadsworth.

Scrapbooking for Beginners — 5-6:30 p.m., first Wednesday of 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. The class also includes information from The Twelve Universal Laws of Success by Herbert Harris, articles from the U.S. Department of Education, as well as Native based resources.

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., Sept. 14 and 28 and Oct. 12, Bishop Paiute Reservation, 2490 Diaz Lane, Bishop, Calif.

21st Annual Soboba Inter Tribal Powwow — Sept. 15-17, Soboba Event Center, 2333 Soboba Road, San Jacinto, Calif. Free admission and free parking; everyone is welcome. For information, call 951-654-5544, option 2.

Morongo Thunder and Lightning Powwow — Sept. 22-24, 49500 Seminole Drive, Cabazon, Calif. Offering free admission, the event is sponsored by the Morongo Band of Mission Indians. For information, call 951-755-5165 or 951-755-5139, or go to

Pabanamanina Powwow — Sept. 23-25, Paiute Palace Casino, 2742 N. Sierra Highway, Bishop, Calif. The annual outdoor powwow takes place on the fourth weekend of September, in time for California Indian Days. The Bishop Handgame Tournament will coincide with this year’s powwow. For information, find the event on Facebook.

Tejon Indian Tribe Powwow — Sept. 23-24, Cal State University, 9001 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield, Calif. All dancers and drummers are welcome. Gourd dancing will open the event from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 23, with a grand entry planned at noon. Dancing will pick up at 11 a.m. the following day with grand entry at noon. For information, call 661-834-8566.

Chumash Inter-Tribal Powwow — Sept. 30-Oct. 1, Live Oak Campground, 4650 Highway 154, Santa Ynez, Calif., will come alive with dance and drum contests, vendor booths, traditional food and more. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 30 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 1. Admission is free, but parking costs $5. For information, call Aileena Diaz at 805-688-7997.

24th Annual Hart of the West Powwow and Native American Craft Fair — Sept. 30-Oct. 1, William S. Hart Park, 2415 Newhall Ave., Newhall, Calif. For information, go to, or contact Eric Reifman at 661-259-0855, or email

Cal Poly Pomona Healing the Earth Powwow — Sept. 30, California State Polytechnic University, 3801 W. Temple Ave., Pomona, Calif. For information, contact Erica Ben at 562-332-3273 or

Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Council Meeting — 9 a.m., Oct. 6, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Chambers, 208 Capitol Hill, Nixon. Call 775-574-1000.

25th Elko Band Powwow — Oct. 6-8, Elko Indian Colony Gym, 2250 Indian View Heights, Elko. The free event offers access to hundreds of dancers and drummers and art, craft and food vendors. Grand entry is planned at 7 p.m. Oct. 6; noon on Oct. 7 and 11 a.m. on Oct. 8. For information, contact Raymond Gonzales at 775-738-7464 or

Fall Fest — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Oct. 13-14, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, 34 Reservation Road, Reno. The celebration of fall offers jewelry, beadwork, arts and crafts, baked goods, raffles and plenty of food, including Indian tacos. More than 60 vendors are slated to attend. The event offers free admission and trick-or-treat bags. For information, call Ramona Darrough at 775-842-1385.

San Manuel Powwow — Oct. 13-15, California State University, 5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino, Calif. Activities will take place on the university’s soccer fields near the Coussoulis Arena. For information, email, or go to

American Indian Achievement Awards — Nominations for this year’s American Indian Achievement Awards are due by Oct. 13. 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. Nomination forms are available at For information about the event, sponsored by the Nevada Indian Commission, go to

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 film “Wonder Woman.” For information, contact Lee Francis at 505-948-4517 or by email at



Men’s Basketball Tournament — Sept. 22-24, PYT Wellness Center, 5305 W. Calle Torim, Tucson, Ariz. The men’s open is $150 to enter. A $50 deposit is due by Sept. 15. Cash prizes will go to the first place team, plus shirts and trophies. Other awards will be given to second and third finishers. MVP awards include cash, shirts and trophies. The format is double elimination with a 10-player roster. Contact: Rachel, 520-528-5626, or Nick, 520-981-4742.

$1,000 Winner Take All, 45+ Men’s Open Basketball Tournament — Oct. 6-7, Quechan Community Center, Winterhaven California. The 45-and-older men’s open tournament costs $200 per player to participate. Prizes include $1,000 for the top winner, plus T-shirts and MVP/All-tourney awards. The deadline to register is Sept. 29. Contact: call 760-572-1242 or email

Youth Benefit Tournament — Sept. 29-Oct. 1, Burdette Hall Gym, San Carlos, Ariz. Division: Co-ed kindergarten/1st-2nd/3rd-4th/5th-6th; Boys 7th/8th and Girls 7th/8th. The cost to register is $100 per team by Sept. 27. Awards will be given for first, second and third place finishes in addition to MVP and all-tourney. For information, call Davin Leslie at 480-688-3407.

“Rep Your Tribe” — Oct. 6-8, Tulalip Teen Center, Tulalip, Wash. The co-ed youth division tournament is open to students in grades 6-8. Awards are hoodies and trophies for first place, long sleeved shirts for second ad T-shirts and trophies for third. All star and MVP prizes are also up for grabs. Members on each eight-person team must have the same tribal identification. Entry is $150; call Josh at 360-926-4718; Lonnie at 360-913-0848; or Shawn at 360-913-7615.