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At the Legislature, tribes focused on environmental protections, tuition waiver bill

The Legislature on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020 during the third day of the 32nd Special Session in Carson City.
April 6th, 2021 - 2:00am
Now, tribal leaders and advocates are focusing their energies on priority issues at the Legislature, such as securing tuition-free higher education for Native students and protections for culturally sacred and environmentally sensitive areas.

Proponents of free college for Nevada Native students say it will right historical wrongs, strengthen tribes

March 28th, 2021 - 2:00am
Tribal leaders pointed to this history earlier this week during a legislative hearing in the Assembly Committee on Education as they testified in support of AB262, which would waive tuition and fees at Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) institutions, including two-year and four-year schools, for citizens of the state’s 27 tribes. It also would provide in-state tuition for citizens of federally recognized tribes outside of Nevada.

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Indigenous leaders, environmentalists urge lawmakers to pass protections for sacred swamp cedars

March 17th, 2021 - 8:00am
This week’s Indy Environment newsletter looks at a legislative effort to protect a unique population of Rocky Mountain juniper trees in an area known as Bahsahwahbee, or “the sacred water valley” in Shoshone. For Indigenous communities, the area means everything.

Nevada tribes roll through vaccine process, feel hopeful for the future

Pyramid Lake
March 14th, 2021 - 3:00am
The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe is one of many tribes around the state and country moving quickly through the vaccine rollout process, opening appointments and eligibility to the general tribal population 18 and over. There are more than 2,000 enrolled members of the tribe in Northern Nevada.

Vaccines arrive in Indian Country, but are met with hesitancy from some tribal members

January 24th, 2021 - 2:00am
As COVID-19 disproportionately affects Native people across the state and country, Duck Valley Shoshone Paiute tribal member Lynn John knew she needed to act quickly when a mere 100 doses of the Moderna vaccine arrived at the tribal health center.

In a small, rural school reside big hopes for Nevada’s Native students

January 11th, 2021 - 2:00am
Lance West returned home several years ago to serve as principal of Schurz Elementary School, which sits on the Walker River reservation. He has made it his mission to improve education for Native students. But the pandemic has added a new wrinkle to that quest.

Organizers believe Nevada Native turnout was historic, despite gaps in exit poll data

November 20th, 2020 - 2:00am
Tribal leaders moved into the 2020 general election campaign season with the same goal held by other organizers — to achieve high voter turnout and elevate the voices and concerns of their fellow community members.

Tribal leaders spearhead mobilization efforts for untapped Native voters dealing with 'tyranny of distance'

November 3rd, 2020 - 2:00am
While campaign season during a presidential election year is typically loud and full of energy in urban areas of the state — voter registration drives and events, local candidate forums, national candidate rallies, canvassing and phone banking — eligible Native voters living on reservations in rural Nevada hear crickets.

Nevada tribal governments join legal struggle in Trump’s lawsuit against Nevada’s expanded mail-in voting measure

Pyramid Lake
September 15th, 2020 - 2:00am
The Pyramid Lake Paiute and Walker River Paiute tribes last week sought to intervene in President Donald Trump’s lawsuit against Nevada’s mail-in voting measure approved for the general election, saying the law provides key accommodations for tribal members who face voting challenges unique from urban areas, including a lack of mailboxes.

Tahoe ski resort dropping ‘derogatory and offensive’ term from its name

August 26th, 2020 - 2:00am
The site of the 1960 Olympic Winter Games will reintroduce itself with a new name following the 2021 ski season, leaders of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows said on Tuesday.

Court halts cleanups and demolitions at Winnemucca Indian Colony, questions council's legitimacy

June 18th, 2020 - 10:10am
Following recent attempts to evict residents amid an ongoing lawsuit over who has the legal right to live at the Winnemucca Indian Colony, a court has prohibited the colony's governing council from continuing cleanups, demolitions or other work on the colony land.

Residents fear loss of homes during disputed clean-up effort at Winnemucca Indian Colony

May 17th, 2020 - 2:00am
The colony’s lands, including a 20-acre settlement of a few dozen people just outside Winnemucca, are at the heart of a decades-long fight involving the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the tribal council and colony residents.

As much of Nevada reopens, tribes see surge in cases, tighten restrictions

Pyramid Lake
May 10th, 2020 - 2:00am
As coronavirus cases in Nevada begin to level out and more businesses are allowed to open this weekend, recent spikes in cases in tribal communities have leaders concerned that health metrics there are headed in the wrong direction.

Nevada officials, native community members grapple with high rate of missing and murdered indigenous women

Native American demonstrators at Reno Women's March
March 15th, 2020 - 2:00am
Since the fall of 2018, the U.S. attorney’s office in Nevada reported prosecuting five murders on tribal lands in Nevada — including four in which the victims were women, reflecting the nationwide pattern of violence against Native women.

Indy Q&A: Director of UNR’s “Veggies for Kids” program on tackling health disparities on Indian reservations

A "Veggies for Kids" instructor teaches a classroom
February 5th, 2020 - 2:00am
Obesity and diabetes rates are higher on Indian reservations than the national average — a trend that researchers trace back to the creation of reservations themselves, federal intervention, geographic isolation and reduced access to traditional food sources that had supplied tribes for generations.

New Stewart Indian School museum reflects on dark history, brings hope for Native communities

Stewart Indian School building
January 19th, 2020 - 2:00am
The boarding school was opened in 1890 as part of the 1887 federal Assimilation and Allotment program and closed 90 years later. Rahder said the program aimed to wipe out Native languages and cultures and separate children from their parents in order to assimilate them into white culture and to create citizens who spoke, looked, and acted the part.

Indy Q&A: Reflections on Thanksgiving from tribal community leader Brian Melendez

November 28th, 2019 - 2:00am
His poem dealt directly with the colonization of indigenous land, a theme he says is often overlooked at Thanksgiving in favor of a more sanitized depiction of pilgrims and Native Americans. Melendez sat down with The Nevada Independent after the event to share his thoughts on Thanksgiving as a Native person and his perspective on gratitude.

Native Americans in Nevada advocate for Indigenous Peoples Day to overshadow Columbus Day

Hats removed for the opening prayer at the Nevada Indian Summit at the Peppermill in Reno
October 14th, 2019 - 2:00am
An effort to designate Indigenous Peoples Day on the same day as Columbus Day in Clark County failed in recent weeks, much to the disappointment of some Native Americans who say the holiday ignores harms caused by colonization.

Las Vegas Paiutes thrive in legalized marijuana market

April 21st, 2019 - 2:15am
The Paiutes’ ancient migratory route is spotted with housing subdivisions and roads. But where Tso stands on this cool winter afternoon, the tribe is preparing to preserve its economic future with its latest cash crop: cannabis.

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