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Native leaders convene for Nevada Tribes Legislative Day

February 13, 2019 — CARSON CITY, Nev. — A call to unity while celebrating tribal differences was the theme of this year's Nevada Tribes Legislative Day at the Nevada State Capitol. Some tribal leaders traveled far — including the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California, Moapa Band of Paiutes,

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Harvey Weinstein and a broken promise in Indian Country

February 12, 2019 — WIND RIVER RESERVATION, Wyo. — If all had gone according to plan, nearly every time someone were to watch Wind River, a 2017 film about the death of a Northern Arapaho woman on the Wind River Reservation, the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center would be

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What is lost when Native cultural sites are bulldozed?

February 12, 2019 — LAKE HAVASU, Ariz. — In July, Will Russell drove out to Lake Havasu State Park and, for a moment, thought he was lost. The western Arizona landscape he knew from past visits — a gentle, sloping hillside with shallow drainages, just across the Colorado River

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Senate hears stories of Indian Country’s missing and murdered

February 12, 2019 — WASHINGTON — The last time someone saw Ashley Loring-Heavy Runner, she was running away from a man's vehicle on US Highway 89 along the Rocky Mountain Front on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana. The 20-year-old was reported missing in June 2017, and since then, the

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Report: Native Americans under-reported in opioid overdose data

February 12, 2019 — In Washington state, the misclassification of Native Americans on death certificates underestimated opioid overdose mortality rates for American Indians and Alaska Natives by 40 percent, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released in mid-December. By comparing death certificates in the state's

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Annual Nevada Tribes Day at Nevada Legislature set for Feb. 12

February 8, 2019 — CARSON CITY, Nev. – Tribal elders from Nevada's American Indian tribes will deliver the blessings in both houses of the Nevada Legislature on Tuesday, Feb. 12, part of a day of festivities planned for Nevada Tribes Legislative Day. A reception; presentations on the Stewart Indian

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Military policeman Serrell Smokey new Washoe Tribe chair

February 6, 2019 — GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — Serrell Smokey, an active member of the Nevada National Guard's Military Police who grew up in the Carson Valley, was recently elected as the new chairman of the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California. Smokey's military career began as a Paratrooper in

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Fallon’s Jeff Pishion (Paiute Shoshone) to appear on ‘Truck Night In America’

February 1, 2019 — FALLON, Nev. — Fallon's Jeff Pishion said his dream to appear on a national television show has come true. Pishion, a longtime mechanic with Fallon Ford-Toyota and a member of the Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe, was selected last year to appear on the History Channel's

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January-February Calendar of Events for First Nation’s Focus

January 31, 2019 — RENO, Nev. — Below is a list of ongoing and upcoming events, as published in the November-December 2018 edition of First Nation's Focus, for a timeframe of Jan. 19 to Feb. 20. Do you have event information you would like to submit for potential publication

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PHOTOS: Native American women lead 2019 Women’s March Reno

January 21, 2019 — RENO, Nev. — For the third consecutive year, members of Great Basin Native American Tribes and other Indigenous nations led the third annual Women’s March Reno on Saturday, Jan. 19. According to a press release from event organizers, as many as 5,000 people took part in

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Native American women to lead 3rd annual Women’s March Reno

January 17, 2019 — RENO, Nev. — For the third consecutive year, members of Great Basin Native American Tribes and other Indigenous nations will lead the third annual Women's March Reno. This year’s march is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in downtown Reno. “It would be our

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‘Native Voices’ event Jan. 18 at UNR to feature speakers on food sovereignty

January 17, 2019 — RENO, Nev. — This Friday, Jan. 18, the Savitt Medical Library at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine  will host a dynamic discussion about food sovereignty and Native peoples’ health, the university announced on Jan 17. According to a press release, the free speaker

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Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak: I will respect Nevada tribes’ sovereignty

January 17, 2019 — EDITOR'S NOTE: In October, Stacey Montooth, Community Information Officer for the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, attempted to conduct a Q-and-A with Nevada governor candidates Adam Laxalt (Rep.) and Steve Sisolak (Dem.), with hopes of running responses in the October print edition of First Nation's Focus, and

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Ask Paul at the RSIC: Get to know RSIC’s Behavioral Health team (part 2)

January 17, 2019 — EDITOR'S NOTE: This month's Ask Paul column is the second part of a two-part column. This month, Paul continues to outline the outstanding credentials of the Reno-Sparks Tribal Health Center's Behavioral Health Program staff. Go here to read part one, originally published on Dec. 20

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Anti-public lands, anti-Native groups converge in Montana

January 17, 2019 — WHITEFISH, Montana — When Elaine Willman was a kid, her father worked as a traveling insurance salesman. Her family moved often; in second grade, she switched schools seven times across the Pacific Northwest. "I really don't have a hometown," the 75-year-old told me in mid-October

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Nevada panel backs name change of Jeff Davis Peak to Shoshone phrase ‘Doso Doyabi’

January 10, 2019 — A Nevada board wants to change the name of a mountain peak in Great Basin National Park to more appropriately recognize a geological area important to a Native American tribe — instead of honoring the president of the Confederacy during the U.S. Civil War. The

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Native American-owned financial institutions battle credit deserts

January 9, 2019 — Native American-owned financial institutions are helping combat "credit deserts" in rural and Indigenous areas. This past fall, the Center for Indian Country Development (CICD) released a map of Indigenous banks, credit unions and community development financial institutions (CDFI) that serve both tribal members, who often

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Alejandra Rubio (Yavapai-Apache): Why I’m proud of my Native travel marks

December 20, 2018 — CARSON CITY, Nev. — I didn't receive my first pair of Apache boots until I was 14 years old, and it was the greatest day of my life.These beautiful boots were made and beaded by my grandmother, Elizabeth. They were white with yellow and green

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Workshop discusses removal of human remains on Native burial sites in Nevada

December 20, 2018 — CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada's Native community is hoping its traditions and values aren't overlooked in favor of a more scientific process with the state law that governs repatriation of objects and human remains on American Indian burial sites. The Nevada State Museum held a

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Wašiw Legends Series: The Wašiw Seasons as Told by C’ošuŋi

December 20, 2018 — RENO, Nev. — In 2014, ancient legends of the Washoe people were brought to life in the native Washoe language through four children's books, thanks to translations by tribe elder Melba Rakow and Washoe person Lisa Enos. Publication of the books was made possible by

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