“If our children are culturally centered, then when they face an obstacle in their life, they can use their culture as a source of strength to find the best answer.” To illustrate the lesson provided...
Lester McDonald, a member of the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California, says he is passionate about firefighting, adding that, "it’s every boy’s dream in a sense to become a firefighter.”
With the Nevada Indian Commission's offices located on the Stewart Indian School campus, Stacey Montooth is reminded every day of the culture and lands she is working to preserve and the welfare of her people she is striving to improve.
During its regular meeting Oct. 2, Reno City Council unanimously approved the establishment of Indigenous Peoples Day. It will be recognized the second Monday in October every year, in place of Columbus Day.
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.
For decades, Native American activists have advocated for abolishing Columbus Day (this year it will be observed Oct. 14), which became a federal holiday in 1934. Members of Nevada tribes are among those on the front lines seeking the change.
Once a month, I submit a monthly RSIC Educational Advisor-Monthly Report, in which I produce a status update on our Hungry Valley Education Center (Sparks, Nevada) to the RSIC Education Manager at Edu. HQ (Reno,...
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).
The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony’s 33rd annual Numaga Indian Days Powwow took place Labor Day weekend — Thursday, Aug. 29, through Sunday, Sept. 1, in Hungry Valley.
CARSON CITY, Nev. — Several regional tribal members participated in a Sierra Nevada Forum panel discussion on Sept. 10 in Carson City to provide a glimpse into the history and issues affecting Nevada’s Native American...
The August-September 2019 edition of First Nation’s Focus was inserted into the Saturday, Aug. 24, print editions of the Nevada Appeal and Record-Courier. You can go here to flip through the digital e-edition of this month’s...
Next month, the UNR Native American Alumni Chapter will receive the Nevada Alumni Association’s Chapter of the Year Award. The chapter will be given the honor at UNR’s Homecoming Gala on Sept. 27. Its members will also be recognized on Sept. 28 during the Nevada football team’s homecoming game against Hawaii.
Christina Thomas is a recent University graduate in music and biology, mom, former Washoe County School District teacher, experienced server, performing artist and most notably, a self-titled “language warrior.” She began as a youth Paiute language instructor in 2015, replacing Burns as a language teacher at Reed High School in Sparks, and then later took an independent study course from Burns at the University.
In our traditional ways, receiving an eagle feather is one of the highest honors a person can have. The eagle feather represents passage of wisdom, honor and esteem.
I must confess, this time of year always reminds me of the 1995 Adam Sandler masterpiece, “Billy Madison.” I am so fond of this movie; my colleagues can actually catch me softly singing the “Back to School” jingle popularized by the movie throughout my workday.
In 2010, the United States conducted its once-a-decade census, as required by the Constitution. That census missed nearly 5% of the Native American population of the country — one in twenty people in native communities simply did not count. We can’t let that happen again.
Stacey Montooth, a member of the Walker River Paiute Nation who works currently as Public Relations and Community Information Officer for the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, will start her new role Sept. 1.
"Creative Native" is a call for art that supports young Native artists ages 15 to 24 years old by providing them an opportunity to earn national recognition, funding for art supplies and an award of $200, according to the center.
First Nation’s Focus focuses on tribal news of Nevada and the Eastern Sierra and is a product of the Sierra Nevada Media Group (SNMG).
The phrase “Indian Education” itself invokes generations of federal legislation aimed to assimilate via education. Modern day, the Title VI Indian Education Program administered by the Bureau of Indian Education provides federal funds to various educational institutions of students enrolled in federally recognized tribes.