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$17 million in federal money awarded to tribal housing in Nevada

May 24, 2018 — CARSON CITY, Nev. — The federal Housing and Urban Development department has awarded $17 million to develop and operate affordable housing in tribal communities across Nevada. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto announced the grants on May 22, saying the funding will help Nevada’s tribal communities have better

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Paulette Jordan (Coeur d’Alene Tribe) wins Democratic primary for Idaho governor

May 17, 2018 — BOISE, Idaho — Former Idaho Rep. Paulette Jordan (D-Coeur d'Alene) won the May 15 primary election and will represent the Democratic party in the race for the state's open gubernatorial seat. If Jordan, 38, wins the general election in November, she would not only be the

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American Indian College Fund offers myriad higher education resources

May 16, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — Only 14 percent of Native Americans have a bachelor's degree — a statistic propelling the American Indian College Fund to support students before and during college to reach academic success in higher education. The nonprofit fund is designed to create programming for

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Photo gallery: Native residents making a difference (May-June 2018)

May 16, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — Each month, First Nation’s Focus publishes various images and briefs of noteworthy events and accomplishments among the region’s Native community. Have a submission for a future web slideshow or print edition? Email high-resolution images and information to info@firstnationsfocus.com with “First Nation’s Focus Photo” in

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Nevada Indian Summit promotes food programs available to tribal communities

May 16, 2018 — SPARKS, Nev. — On April 19, advocates working to provide an accommodating food system to regional tribes presented helpful information on food distribution and family programming during the Nevada Indian Summit at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks. The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension presented

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

May 16, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — Below is a list of ongoing and upcoming events, as published in the May-June 2018 edition of First Nation's Focus, for a timeframe of May 16-June 20. Do you have event information you would like to submit for potential publication in a

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Economic insights from NNDA: Expanding industrial space key to Northern Nevada’s future

May 16, 2018 — CARSON CITY, Nev. — With the Great Recession finally behind us, the recent federal tax cuts are creating opportunities for economic growth. Resident companies are planning to expand and out-of-state companies are exploring business-friendly environments like Nevada. This is creating a steady demand for suitable

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

May 16, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — The May-June 2018 edition of First Nation's Focus was inserted into the Wednesday, May 16, 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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Tahoe governing body, Washoe Tribe prep for lands bill talks

May 11, 2018 — INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The improvement district here and the Washoe Tribe are keeping open minds ahead of conversations over competing requests for parcels of federal land. Those conversations, which have yet to be scheduled, come after the Washoe Tribe made a formal request for

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Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe’s pinwheel event protects children and Earth

May 3, 2018 — FALLON, Nev. — Chris Murphy and his family mark the annual late-April pinwheels remembrance and Earth Day as important events the Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe brings to Churchill County. "It gives our community a point of reference to show we clearly care about our kids,"

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Native officials: Using blood quantum to determine citizenship is problematic

April 18, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — The issue of using blood quantum to determine tribal membership is a sticky one for Native American tribes. Blood quantum is used to define bloodlines and ancestral heritage as a basis for tribal enrollment and citizenship. It's an important issue for the Federal

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Climate change, overfishing push California abalone to low numbers

April 18, 2018 — SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. — The earrings are only a couple of inches long, but the masterfully carved salmon look like they've leaped from the water to whisper in the wearer's ear. Their glowing red hues and iridescent opalescence caress the eye. These colors occur naturally in the medium

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Paiute legend: Coyote and the Escape of Mouse

April 18, 2018 — The following is an excerpt from the 2017 book, "Legends of the Northern Paiute: as told by Wilson Wewa," which was compiled and edited and with an introduction by James A. Gardner. According to the book's publisher, Oregon State University Press, "Legends of the Northern

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Economic insights from NNDA: Freight railroads integral to logistics and infrastructure

April 18, 2018 — CARSON CITY, Nev. — We hear about the logistics industry on a regular basis. Yet, few of us realize the major role it plays in our daily lives. It takes an interconnected network of trucks, trains, barges, and planes to deliver 54 tons of goods, on

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First Nation’s Focus April-May 2018: Calendar of Events

April 18, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — Below is a list of ongoing and upcoming events, as published in the March-April 2018 edition of First Nation’s Focus, for a timeframe of  April 18 to May 16. Do you have event information you would like to submit for potential publication

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First Nation’s Focus April-May 2018: Read the newest e-edition here!

April 18, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — The April-May 2018 edition of First Nation’s Focus was inserted into the Wednesday, April 18, 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

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10th annual native tourism conference coming to Lake Tahoe

April 11, 2018 — STATELINE, Nev. — The 10th annual Nevada Tribal Tourism Conference makes its way to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Lake Tahoe's South Shore for three days of industry education on April 23-25. The conference — put on by Nevada's Indian Territory, Nevada Indian Commission

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South Lake Tahoe axes Indigenous Peoples Day proposal to replace Columbus Day

April 8, 2018 — SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — South Lake Tahoe will not join the growing list of cities opting to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. City Council declined to take up a measure on April 2 that would have established the newly named holiday. Currently, 95

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Volunteers sought for Stewart Father’s Day Powwow in Carson City

April 4, 2018 — CARSON CITY, Nev. — Hundreds of American Indian dancers, drummers, artists, craftsmen and cultural enthusiasts will converge on Carson City June 15-17 for the annual Stewart Father's Day Powwow. Honored by the American Indian Tourism Conference as the 2017-18 Best Cultural Heritage Experience, the event includes

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Fight continues to save Sacred Shoshone Cedars massacre site

March 28, 2018 — WHITE PINE COUNTY, Nev. — The effort to protect Swamp Cedars began after federal agencies signed Stipulated Agreements with the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), withdrawing their protests to SNWA's water rights applications in eastern Nevada and negating their trust responsibility to protect Tribal rights

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