When I was a toddler, I watched my mother fixate on her typewriter as she hammered out her first work of nonfiction, The Lasting of the Mohegans, a book documenting the stories and survival of...
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...
The soon-to-be 18-year-old is no longer starring on courts in the Silver State. She’s now on the hardwoods of Arizona, putting in preseason work for the Benedictine University at Mesa women’s basketball team.
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.
Owyhee Combined School student Hunter Smartt is forging his own basketball path. Earlier this year, he became the Nevada State Champion in the boys’ 8-9 age bracket for the Elks Hoop Shoot Competition for 2019.
Traditionally, breastfeeding was seen as a natural part of being a woman and a mother. When babies were born, they were bundled into slings, moss bags or cradleboards. Women went about their daily lives with their babies strapped securely to their bodies, protecting their little ones from harm while caring and feeding them as needed.
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.
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).