Northern Nevada tribes receive grants to address opioid crisis
RENO, Nev. — The Washoe Tribe and Reno-Sparks Indian Colony will receive grants totaling $379,686 to address the opioid crisis and provide mental health and substance abuse services.
Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., applauded the grants from the federal Health and Human Services Department, saying tribal communities are disproportionately impacted by drug overdoses.
“That is why it is important that these communities are prepared to provide the proper services to individuals facing addiction,” he said this week.
The Washoe Tribe of California and Nevada will receive $213,790; the RSIC will receive $185,896.
After gold was found in California, silver was discovered in Virginia City, and the Comstock bonanza lured those seeking riches onto Washoe terrain. The settlers viewed the land as an object of financial opportunity. In a very short time, pine nuts, seeds, game and fish had been overused. The harmonious rhythm that the Washoe had maintained was broken.