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.
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 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.
For decades now, warped ideas about Indigenous struggles have buoyed conservative rhetoric and white nationalist fantasies and been used to justify racist violence.
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.
Our Elders have paid attention, gained knowledge and wisdom from life. During their childhood, they carefully watched and listened to ceremonies and traditions, and paid attention to the way their elders in their communities behaved.
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.
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.
According to a joint news release provided by U.S. Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., and Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., the grant will provide "important water treatment and infrastructure improvements."
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).
This spring, Vivian Olds, a former teacher at Pyramid Lake High School, took a drive out to the Marble Bluff Dam area at Pyramid Lake see if the cui-ui were spawning.