Stacey Montooth (Walker River Paiute) to lead Nevada Indian Commission
CARSON CITY, Nev. — Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Aug. 6 that Stacey Montooth will be the new executive director of the Nevada Indian Commission.
Montooth, a member of the Walker River Paiute Nation who works currently as Public Relations and Community Information Officer for the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, will start her new role Sept. 1 in Carson City.
“Stacey … has extensive experience in tribal relations in Nevada and understands first-hand the multitude of issues, including health services and K-12 education, facing the 27 tribes in our state,” Sisolak said in a statement. “I am grateful for her past outstanding work in Nevada and look forward to her continued service to the Native American community.”
Montooth will replace longtime Nevada Indian Commission leader Sherry Rupert, who resigned earlier this year to become director of the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association.
According to a state of Nevada press release, Montooth, in her role the past six years with the RSIC, has served as a crucial liaison for press inquiries as well as legislation involving key tribal issues, including health care and taxation.
“The opportunity to work for all 27 Nevada Tribes has always been my dream, yet the change is not easy because there are so many dedicated, good people here,” Montooth wrote in an email this week to the community. “However, I’ll be just 45 minutes down the road, and I am confident our paths will remain connected.”
Previously, from 2009-2013, she served as the Indian Education Liaison for the Churchill County School District.
Montooth has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. She also holds several communications certifications, including the Advanced Public Information Office Endorsement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
With the Nevada Indian Commission’s offices located on the Stewart Indian School campus, Stacey Montooth is reminded every day of the culture and lands she is working to preserve and the welfare of her people she is striving to improve.