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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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Kaylani Smartt (Shoshone-Paiute) to play college basketball in Arizona

May 16, 2018 — OWYHEE, Nev. — Kaylani Smartt started playing basketball when she was four years old and has been passionate about the game ever since. "It keeps me healthy, and (I like) the challenge of family competition," Smartt said in an in interview with First Nation's Focus. "What

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Gabby Barker (Shoshone/Paiute) earns medalist honors for 4th time in career

May 16, 2018 — LUBBOCK, Texas — The Texas Tech women’s golf team claimed its first tournament title of the 2017-18 season as the Red Raiders won the Lady Boilermaker Classic by eight strokes at the Ackerman-Allen Golf Course in West Lafayette, Indiana, on April 15. The tournament title

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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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Native athletes in the news: Austin Corbett (Walker River Paiute Tribe) and more

May 16, 2018 — The following sports briefs were provided to First Nation's Focus by NDNSPORTS and are republished on a monthly basis with permission. Austin Corbett (Walker River Paiute Tribe) The NFL's Cleveland Browns used the first pick in the second round of the NFL draft on April

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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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Ask Paul at the RSIC: Spring perfect time to get help for substance abuse

May 16, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — This is a glorious time of year with flowers, trees, and grass springing back to life. Crisp, clear mornings greet us as we begin our day. Each day is a refreshing gift and an opportunity to make a world that our ancestors,

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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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Photo Gallery: 2018 Earl Dunn Memorial Basketball Tournament

April 18, 2018 — NIXON, Nev. — The 2018 Earl Dunn Memorial Basketball Tournament took place March 30-April 1 at the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation gym in Nixon, Nevada, featuring 18 men's teams from regional tribes. Below is a story about the history of the tournament and Earl himself, as

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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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Founding mothers of ITCN Head Start program honored at Reno summit

April 18, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — For many, preschool and early childhood development isn't something questioned for even a moment; many fortunate parents know exactly where to go for resources to help advance their children's learning and social development, early-on. For one group of strong American Indian mothers, however,

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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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