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In Photos: 2018 Ely Shoshone Powwow & Fandango

August 13, 2018 — ELY, Nev. — Hundreds of Native residents and dancers of all ages attended the Ely Shoshone Powwow & Fandango on July 27-29 in Ely, Nevada. The annual event includes a celebration of Native American heritage with traditional dancing and music. This year's event was sponsored

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28th Washeshu ‘Itdeh Arts Festival at Lake Tahoe honors Wašiw traditions

August 7, 2018 — SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Miw Ɂaŋawa mi∙bi∙Ɂi tekew di∙milulu wat Wašišiw ɁitdeɁ Ɂi∙bilegi! It was great to have all of our partners and friends join us once again at the 28th annual Washeshu 'Itdeh Arts Festival at the heart of the homeland of the

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Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe among rural Nevada communities to share $237 million in federal grants

August 7, 2018 — CARSON CITY, Nev. — Earlier this summer, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has invested $237 million in 119 rural projects in 29 states. "While many rural communities boast an array of natural resources and scenic

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Indigenous Women Hike aims to reclaim ancestral territory in Sierra

August 6, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — This August, members of Indigenous Women Hike will be traveling our ancestral trade routes — Nuumu Poyo — in prayer to honor our relatives who came before us and to strengthen our connection to Mother Earth and the sacred places inside ourselves.

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Nevada Gourd Society’s Silver State Art Festival set for Sept. 15-16

August 1, 2018 — CARSON CITY, Nev. — The 2018 Silver State Art Festival, sponsored by the Nevada Gourd Society, is scheduled for Sept. 15-16 in Carson City. The festival is a gathering of gourd artists, basket makers, wood artists, photographers and painters from all over the Southwest. Artists

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July-August 2018 Calendar of Events for First Nation’s Focus

July 18, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — Below is a list of ongoing and upcoming events, as published in the July-August 2018 edition of First Nation's Focus, for a timeframe of July 18 to August 15. Do you have event information you would like to submit for potential publication

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NNDA: Manufacturing is here to stay in Nevada

July 18, 2018 — CARSON CITY, Nev. — Now that Nevada is past the Great Recession, manufacturing has become important for statewide economic development. It is a good fit for the Silver State as it helps to create new jobs, economic growth, and an overall better quality of life

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First Nation’s Focus July-August 2018: Read the newest e-edition here!

July 18, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — The July-August 2018 edition of First Nation's Focus was inserted into the Wednesday, July 18, print editions of the Nevada Appeal and Lahontan Valley News, and will be inserted in the Thursday, July 19, print edition of The Record-Courier. Not a print

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Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, Reno’s Wells Avenue focus of minority business study

July 17, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — A University of Nevada, Reno professor is working to understand why minority-owned businesses in Northern Nevada have less of a presence on Google Maps. Earlier this year, Dr. Gi Woong Yun, director for the Center for Advanced Media Studies at the Reynolds

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Nevada Paiute, Shoshone members meet with Douglas County dems

July 16, 2018 — MINDEN, Nev. — The Douglas County Democratic Women heard from Nevada Paiute and Shoshone tribal members at the club's monthly luncheon on Monday, July 9. Members gave a presentation on cultural, political and historical perspectives of the Great Basin tribes, which includes these two tribes

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Stewart Indian School blessing marks ‘new beginning’ for historic property

July 11, 2018 — CARSON CITY, Nev. — With blessings delivered in the native languages of the Paiute, Western Shoshone and Washoe tribes, a new chapter in the story of Stewart Indian School commenced Wednesday, July 11. More than 250 people, including Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, dozens of alumni and

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Renovated Stewart Indian School museum to tell the full story – including a dark history of abuse and assimilation

July 9, 2018 — CARSON CITY, Nev. — On July 11, a blessing ceremony will take place to kick off a renovation project that will bring a new cultural center and museum to the Stewart Indian School in Carson City. Stewart Indian School opened in December 1890 with 37

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Traditional Washoe structure rebuilt at Tahoe after vandalism crimes

July 8, 2018 — INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Earlier this year, Ben Rupert and his son built a traditional structure at the Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau that was vandalized not once, but twice. After four months of preparation, the structure — known as a galis dungal —

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Nahko Bear (Apache): ‘Just doing my thing and shining that light’

July 2, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — "Give, always give what you can, even if your allies always draw lines in the sand," Nahko Bear, leader of world music outfit Nahko and Medicine for the People, sings into the camera. It's December 2016, and Nahko, bundled in a winter

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$1 million renovation, expansion planned for Washoe Tribal Justice Center

June 28, 2018 — GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — The Washoe Tribal Justice Center in Gardnerville is slated for a renovation and expansion project that tribal leaders say will address building deterioration and streamline operations. In 2015, the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California received an approximately $1-million grant from the

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Recent deaths of Native matriarchs leave ripples of respect, honor and gratefulness

June 20, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — Over the past several weeks, tribal communities across Northern Nevada and the Great Basin have dealt with the tragic deaths of four important matriarchs — Flora Greene, Gayle Hanson-Johnson, Patty Hicks and Lois Kane. In an effort to honor their lives, First

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Arts For All Nevada teaches children at Natchez Elementary School

June 20, 2018 — WADSWORTH, Nev. — Vivian Olds, a former teacher at Pyramid Lake High School, teaches art for the nonprofit Arts For All Nevada. She has been teaching art at Natchez Elementary School, on the Pyramid Lake Paiute reservation in Wadsworth, for the past few months. Olds

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June-July 2018 Calendar of Events for First Nation’s Focus

June 20, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — Below is a list of ongoing and upcoming events, as published in the June-July 2018 edition of First Nation’s Focus, for a timeframe of June 20 to July 17. Do you have event information you would like to submit for potential publication

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Economic insights from NNDA: Economic development — the Nevada model

June 20, 2018 — CARSON CITY, Nev. — Economic development is broadly defined as the development of economic wealth of countries, regions or communities for the wellbeing of their inhabitants. Over the past 50 years, it has evolved to become part of the political arena and policy driven which

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First Nation’s Focus June-July 2018: Read the newest e-edition here!

June 20, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — The June-July 2018 edition of First Nation’s Focus was inserted into the Wednesday, June 20, print editions of the Nevada Appeal, The Record-Courier and Lahontan Valley News. Not a print person? No worries — just click here to flip through the digital e-edition of

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