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Tribal health insurance coverage still trails U.S. average

November 25, 2019

The number of people who showed up at Indian Health Service facilities with health insurance rose from 64% of patients in 2013 to 78% in 2018. Despite the gains, the share of people without insurance at the 73 federally run IHS facilities in 2018 was still more than double the national average for health care coverage that year.



Book review: “What God is Honored Here?”

November 25, 2019

“What God is Honored Here? Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss by and for Native Women and Women of Color” is a must-read book that includes tough, yet important, subject matter.


Recovering the Sacred: Understanding gestational diabetes

November 25, 2019

According to the Indian Health Service, more than 16% of Native people have diagnosed Type 2 diabetes and another 30% have pre-diabetes. This data indicates that Native people are twice as likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than non-natives.


RSIC Education Column: Educators building bridges

November 25, 2019

I am over the moon with how strong our school-community relationship is, how easy it was to grow, and surprised by the willingness of my community, students and parents alike, to move in this direction too.






Paiute trout reintroduced into native Sierra habitat

October 22, 2019

ALPINE COUNTY, Calif. — California’s native Paiute cutthroat trout, the rarest trout in North America, swims once again in its high Sierra home waters for the first time in more than 100 years. California Natural...


PHOTOS: 2019 Bishop Pabanamanina Pow Wow

October 22, 2019

The 2019 Pabanamanina Pow Wow took place Sept. 27-29 at the Paiute Palace Casino Pow Wow Grounds in Bishop, California. Head Drums this year were Red Hoop and Whitetail Singers; Ruben LittleHead was MC; Hank...



IGT in Reno honors Nevada tribal culture, gaming leaders

October 22, 2019

RENO, Nev. — Honorary guests and employees of gaming manufacturer International Game Technology (IGT) gathered Oct. 4 at the company’s main Reno campus to participate in a special event honoring tribal cultures and IGT’s many...




Ensuring Sarah Winnemucca has her day in Carson City

October 17, 2019

To honor Sarah Winnemucca on Oct. 16, Dianna Maria de Borges, a longtime Carson Valley resident who for years has portrayed the Paiute princess in regional Chautauqua assemblies and other events, placed flowers at the feet of her statue in the Nevada Capitol.



Guest Column: Public lands – a history of plunder and a responsibility to heal

September 30, 2019

If we want public lands that function as healthy ecosystems and include people rather than overemphasizing corporate control, we must reform the 1872 General Mining Act and demand a ban on fracking, so that corporations don’t have an open door to exploit the land that was stolen in the first place from the Washoe, Northern Paiute, Southern Paiute, Goshute and Shoshone people.



Indigenous Hawaiians rallying to protect Mauna Kea

September 23, 2019

For decades there has been community opposition to development on Mauna Kea. Recently, thousands of kia`i (protectors), began congregating at the base of Mauna Kea, blocking the access road to deny the construction of the largest telescope in the Northern Hemisphere, the $1.4 billion TMT (Thirty Meter Telescope).