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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.





RSIC Education Column: Bringing our ancestors to school

September 23, 2019

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,...


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).



Photo gallery: 2019 Numaga Indian Days Powwow

September 16, 2019

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.



Washoe Tribe gets $1.87 million in federal grants for wellness programs

September 11, 2019

The Washoe Tribe of Nevada & California will be awarded $374,124 annually for the next five years for a health and wellness program; further, the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe has received a $349,501 Department of Justice grant to fund its Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program.





UNR’s Native American Alumni Chapter named alumni chapter of the year

August 23, 2019

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.


UNR launches first-ever Paiute language course

August 23, 2019

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.