First Nation's Focus April 2019

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Tribal News of Nevada and the Eastern Sierra | Vol. 3, No. 3

American Indian Culture and History | April 2019



A well deserved honor Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe member named Nevada Guard provost marshal | PAGE 4




Learning the Legislature

Memories of Miller

Recovering the Sacred

Pyramid Lake Junior/Senior High School students spend day at Nevada Legislature

Remembering the life and times of Harold Earl Miller, aka Pah Tsenu Gwa (June 14, 1927 - Dec. 26, 2018)

Why discussions surrounding indigenous women’s healthcare are important for our families

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Lt. Col. James Phoenix laughs while telling a story at his promotion ceremony at the Office of the Adjutant General in Carson City on Feb 22, 2019. Phoenix is a graduate of Pyramid Lake High School and member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. Read more about him and his promotion on Page 4. Photo: Sgt. Walter H. Lowell / Nevada Army National Guard

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12th Annual Diabetes Health Fair and Powwow — March 23, Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, Donald W. Reynolds Facility, Reno. Sponsored by Nevada Urban Indians, health fair is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Grand Entry times for the powwow are noon and 5 p.m. Event will feature a drum contest, princess contest and dance contest. Food and vendor information, contact Jonathan at 775-247-5648 or Mike at 775-788-7600. For health fair information, contact Shelby or Brianna at 775-788-7600. Go Red for Health Pow Wow — March 30, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Gym, 34 Reservation Road, Reno. A free and public event to promote Native American heart health, the social powwow will start at noon. Sponsored by the Reno-Sparks Tribal Health Center. All dancers and drummers are welcome and vendors are being sought. Contact Gina Featherstone at 775-329-5162, ext. 1949, or TravelNevada’s Annual Rural Roundup — April 10-12, Fallon, Nevada. Andrew Grossman, Destination Management Specialist for Travel Oregon, will join as a keynote speaker. His session, “Advancing New Tourism Experiences in Rural Destinations,” joins presentations on effective marketing on a budget, grants/programs offered by several state and federal agencies, and other topics. Go to www. to register. 11th Annual Nevada Tribal Tourism Conference — April 15-17, Elko Convention Center, Elko. This year’s theme is “Creating Unique Experiences in Indian Country,” and the conference will focus on “how we can work together to create experiences that visitors won’t soon forget.” Sponsored by Nevada Indian Territory and the Nevada Indian Commission. Go to, or contact Sari Nichols at or 775-687-7603. Walker River Paiute Tribe’s Earth Day Event — April 22, Pinenut Park, Schurz, Nevada. Everyone welcome to attend this event. Food will be provided; dress appropriately for weather. For information, contact the tribe’s environment department at 775-773-2306, ext. 303 or 319. Earl Dunn Memorial All Indian Men’s Basketball Tournament — March 29-31, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Gym, Nixon, Nevada. Enter fee is $300; many awards will be handed out, including the Earl Dunn Memorial Award. For information, contact Angey Dunn at 775-5740178 (evening) or Anita Dunn at 775-771-2683.

Paiute Language Class — 6-8 p.m., Tuesdays, Wadsworth Community Building, 320 Pyramid St., Wadsworth. Yoga — 12:10-12:50 p.m., Tuesdays, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Tribal Health Clinic, 1715 Kuenzli St., Reno. Registration isn’t required and all levels are welcome. Substance Abuse Support Group —6-7 p.m., Tuesdays, Sumunumu Resource Center, 460 W. Main St., Fernley. Topics discussed include narcotics abuse, alcohol abuse and anger management. Elder Aquacise — 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Gym, 34 Reservation Road, Reno. Line Dancing — 5:15-6:15 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Tribal Health Clinic, 1715 Kuenzli St., Reno. For information, call Vanessa at 775-329-5162, ext. 1946. Women’s Circle Craft Night and Potluck — 5-6:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, 101 Big Bend Ranch Road, Wadsworth. Language Classes for Seniors — 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Senior Center, 34 Reservation Road, Building F. Victim Services Program Women’s Advisory Committee — 5-6:30 p.m., second Wednesday of the month, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, 101 Big Bend Ranch Road, Wadsworth. Scrapbooking for Beginners — 5-6:30 p.m., first Wednesday of the month, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, 101 Big Bend Ranch Road, Wadsworth. Call 775-575-9444. Teen Dating Violence Support Group — 5:45-6:30 p.m., third Wednesday of the month, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, 101 Big Bend Ranch Road, Wadsworth. Suicide Prevention Network – Suicide Loss Support Group — 6-7:30 p.m. every first Thursday of the month, 1625 Highway 88, Suite 203, Minden. For information, call 775-783-1510. Weekly Teen Parenting Class — 6-7:30 p.m., Thursdays, Sumunumu Resource Center, 460 W. Main St., Fernley. Nuumu Yadoha Language Classes — 5:30-6:30 p.m., Thursdays. Sponsored by the Bishop Paiute Tribe, the classes are held weekly. Contact the tribal office for location and other details: 760-873-3584. Art Classes —10-11 a.m. Fridays, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Tribal Health Clinic, 1715 Kuenzli St., Reno. Weekly Community Market — 5 p.m.-dusk, Thursdays, Paiute-Shoshone Cultural Center 2300, W. Line St., Bishop, Calif. Spartan Training — 5 p.m., Fridays, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Tribal Health Clinic, 1715 Kuenzli St., Reno. Strength, agility and endurance training. For information, call Vanessa at 775-329-5162, ext. 1946. Talking Circle — 5:30-6:30 p.m., second Friday of the month, Paiute-Shoshone Cultural Center, 2300 W. Line St., Bishop, Calif. Sexual Assault Support Group — 5-6:30 p.m., fourth Friday of the month, 101 Big Bend Ranch Road, Wadsworth. Freedom to Be You — 1-2 p.m., Saturdays, 101 Big Bend Ranch Road, Wadsworth. The women’s educational support group meets weekly to discuss a different topic each session. Childcare is available on site.

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Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe gets $115K federal transit grant First Nation’s Focus


he Department of Transportation last month announced it had awarded the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe a federal grant to support public transit services. Nevada Sens. Jacky Rosen and Catherine Cortez Masto issued a Feb. 13 statement saying the $115,534 award will help the tribe initiate daily transit service, providing members access to work, healthcare and other services in rural Northern Nevada. “Nevada’s many tribal communities deserve our support,” the senators

said. “We will continue to work in Congress to fund much-needed transportation, health, and educational programs that benefit Nevada’s tribal communities.” The Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe award is one of several federal transit grants — 36 projects in 14 states, totaling $5 million — awarded in February for the second half of fiscal year 2018 to American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments to improve public transportation on tribal lands. “These grants will help American Indian and Alaskan Native tribal governments provide transportation in rural areas to connect tribal

residents with jobs, healthcare and other opportunities,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao said in a statement. In all, the Department of Transportation received 50 proposals requesting $8.3 million from 47 tribes in 16 states. In addition to the $5 million in competitive funding announced today, $30 million in formula funding is provided to tribes each fiscal year through the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. Go to to view the full list of 36 projects funded this year. O

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Pyramid Lake students invited to Nevada Legislature Jessica Garcia | First Nation’s Focus


yramid Lake Junior/ Senior High School students were excited at their opportunity to spend a day at the Nevada Legislature on Feb. 12 and watch their state government in process and speak with their representatives about issues of concern to them. Eleven of the school’s students participated in the Nevada Tribes Legislative Day where they joined with fellow tribal leaders during various sessions throughout the day, were introduced by legislators during Senate and Assembly meetings and toured the Capitol’s facilities. Lyllianna Williams, senior, said she felt it was important she and her classmates received an invitation to represent their peers and find out what goes on at the Capitol. “It’s important to me because a lot of us as natives, we don’t feel the need or want to speak out about certain things or have a voice, and we’re, like, shy in some aspects, I guess,” she said. “So for us, as youth, to come out and represent, I think it has an impact.” Williams said her grandmother often has encouraged her to aim high and consider a career in politics. Though she prefers to get a degree in accounting, she takes pride in knowing she’d be the first in her family to obtain a college

degree once she graduates. Gabriel Frazier, another Pyramid Lake senior, was introduced during the Assembly session by Assemblywoman Alexis Hansen, R-Washoe. He said he will pursue trade school after graduation and is considering a career in the culinary arts or the automotive industry. “It’s important to be here today because it helps show younger native students, kids, anyone that we’re able to step up and take the role that we need to if it’s possible, and if you can, try and take advantage of it,” Frazier said. “And while you do that, if you’re able to, have your voice heard.” Frazier said last week was his first visit in the Nevada Legislature building as well, and while he was unsure of what to expect of what occurs at the state level, he said in his own community, he feels his own tribe has established a rapport with other communities in the region. “I feel like the Paiute tribe, we’re raising the bar,” he said. “We’re starting to get well-known. And, like, the lake is a big staple for us. … I have family in the council. Plus, it’s a small community. … I feel I don’t I have any concerns because we have a new chairman (Anthony Sampson, Sr.) and I believe he’s putting the voice of the people ahead now, and it’s new.” The students’ history teacher

Assemblywoman Alexis Hansen, center, introduces senior Gabriel Frazier, far left, from Pyramid Lake Junior/Senior High School and Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe vice chairman Alan Mandell as guests during an Assembly session Feb. 12 for Nevada Tribes Legislative Day, as Assemblywoman Robin Titus and Assemblyman William McCurdy look on. Photo: Jessica Garcia

Aubrie Neil said some of the 11 students attending the Nevada Tribes Legislative Day were of voting age, and as constituents, it was appropriate that they were able to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to what happens in the Legislative Building. “We are always trying to get a closer look at basically how government works on the ground

level by having various speakers come into the classroom and to get the invitation to come here was very exciting,” Neil said. She said they would be able to learn firsthand about some of the issues specifically impacting tribal members this session including dental therapy for tribal areas as well as water and infrastructure. “Just being invited into that

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conversation, they’re so remote and being young, they don’t feel they’re invited to the table,” Neil said. “Here, they do have access to that process and then also they have the ability to have their voice heard. That’s huge. Just the fact that they’re invited shows they’re valuable in the democratic process and that also encourages civic engagement.” O

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Lt. Col. James Phoenix, right, shakes hands with Brig. Gen. Zachary Doser at Phoenix’s promotion ceremony at the Office of the Adjutant General in Carson City on Feb 22, 2019. Photo: Spc. Malachi Mansfield / Nevada Army National Guard

‘The right man at the right time’ Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe’s James Phoenix named Nevada Guard provost marshal Spc. Malachi Mansfield Special to First Nation’s Focus


t. Col. James Phoenix said his dual military-law enforcement career has “reached its pinnacle.” “This is where I get to apply all my police experience and military education as a field grade officer,” Phoenix, the Nevada Army National Guard’s recently assigned provost marshal, said during his promotion to lieutenant colonel Feb. 22 at the Office of the Adjutant General in Carson City. “All that stuff is coming together for this new chapter of my life.” Phoenix’s career spans more than three decades when he first enlisted in the Kansas Army National Guard in 1983. He entered civilian law enforcement in 1990 with the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony and spent 23 years with the Reno Police Department before he retired last year to join the Nevada Army Guard full time. “As the new provost marshal for the Nevada Army National Guard, he is the right man at the right time for the job,” said Brig. Gen. Zachary Doser, the Nevada Army National Guard’s land component commander and presiding official for Phoenix’s promotion. “We’ve

got big plans for him moving forward and I couldn’t be more proud of him.” Phoenix, a graduate of Pyramid Lake High School and member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, said he joined the military largely because of his father. His father, Albert Phoenix, attended Stewart Indian School in Carson City before he joined the Marines and served in the Korean War and Vietnam War. Albert also spent time as a Marine drill instructor during his 21-year military career. “My dad was an old Marine drill instructor, but he never yelled at me or anything like that,” Phoenix said of his father. “He didn’t make me join the military. It was something I decided on my own, but it had a lot to do with him. “I can remember marching down that parade field at graduation from boot camp and thinking I made him proud.” The military tradition now extends three generations. Phoenix’s daughter, Kaylea, recently was commissioned as a second lieutenant through the University of Nevada, Reno’s ROTC program. “It isn’t surprising to see tribal families with deep roots to the military,” RSIC spokeswoman Stacey Montooth said. “Historically, Native Americans have the highest record of service per capita when compared to other ethnic groups.” Phoenix credits his parents for instilling pride in heritage: his

father is Paiute and mother is Kickapoo. “(My heritage is) important to me because it makes me think of my old man and mom,” Phoenix said. “As a minority, you can be looked at differently. But, I know, since I was in the Marines, I learned early that it didn’t matter. Everyone was the same. You can achieve things like anyone else can. I’m no different than anyone else.” Phoenix’s career also included time in the Marines (1985-1989) and nearly a decade break in service during the 1990s to focus on his career in law enforcement. In 1997 he joined the Nevada Army National Guard and served with the 1st Squadron, 221st Cavalry as a scout. In 2003, Phoenix commissioned as an officer in the cavalry’s Alpha Troop. As a commissioned officer,

Phoenix served with the 485th Military Police Company first as a platoon leader and then as a company commander. He also served with the 421st Regional Training Institute as a cadre member for the officer candidate school. He also served as the school’s company commander. Phoenix recently deployed in 2016 to Kuwait with the 17th Sustainment Brigade as a protection officer. “I have known J.J. since 1979 when we went to Reed High School,” said Doser, who officiated Phoenix’s promotions ceremony Friday, and also worked in the Reno Police Department with Phoenix. “We played football during drills ... when he lowered his head, he was brutal. The whistle would blow and he would lay me out every single time.

LEFT: Lt. Col. James Phoenix’s parents attend a recent veterans event at the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony. RIGHT: Lt. Col. James Phoenix stands with is daughter, Kaylea. Photos: Courtesy Stacey Montooth

“From high school through my career in law enforcement and the Nevada National Guard, I’ve always known Phoenix to put service before self and the mission first.” RSIC Chairman Arlan Melendez was also in attendance Feb. 22 for Phoenix’s promotion. “He’s always been a leader, from basketball and other sports, to the military,” Melendez said of Phoenix. “He really comes from a strong military family, starting with his father, Albert, who I knew; this is a very special day for a fine man.” O Spc. Malachi Mansfield is a member of the 106th Public Affairs Detachment of the Nevada Army National Guard.

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‘No More Stolen Sisters’ event takes place in Reno Alejandra Rubio First Nation’s Focus

On the evening of Feb. 13, the University of Nevada, Reno hosted a fundraising event, “No More Stolen Sisters: Demanding Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.” The event served as a reminder of the ongoing epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women (MMIW) in the United States and Canada, and it was set up to help support local activities that raise awareness and strategies to protect indigenous women and girls in the Northern Nevada/California region. Several Native women spoke at the event, highlighted by Lyla June (Navajo and Cheyenne), a renowned musician, poet, anthropologist, educator, community organizer and public speaker. Jolie Varela (Tule River Yokut and Paiute), who is founder of the Indigenous Women Hike; and local Native leader Autumn Harry (Pyramid Lake Paiute), who organized the Feb. 13 event, also spoke, among others. Varela shared a personal story, “Healing through Mother Earth.” After the event, Varela was asked to reflect on the current MMIW epidemic and to share advice to the younger generation. “The missing and murdered indigenous women movement hits close to home for me because I am a survivor of suicide, sexual abuse and rape,” Varela shared. “It’s important for me to show up in this movement to bring awareness to MMIW. That is my platform — I am the founder of a organization called Indigenous Women Hike, (and) we want to combat violence against women. The way to do that is to reconnect ourselves

ABOVE: From left, Dr. Lydia C. Huerta Moreno (assistant professor of Chicano & Chicana & Hemispheric Studies at Western New Mexico University), Jolie Varela (Tule River Yokut and Paiute), Autumn Harry (Pyramid Lake Paiute) and Lyla June (Navajo and Cheyenne) spoke at the Feb. 13 No More Stolen Sisters event at UNR. RIGHT: Lyla June performs before the crowd on Feb. 13 in Reno. Photos: Alejandra Rubio

to the land and to nourish our connection that we have with the earth — when we begin to heal ourselves the land begins to heal. “We are a reflection of each other. That is why events like this are so important, and that is why Indigenous Women Hike is important, so we can stop the violence against indigenous women and girls.” Go to to

learn more about Indigenous Women Hike. Go to, or look for “Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women USA” on Facebook, to learn more about the MMIW epidemic. O Alejandra Rubio (Yavapai-Apache) is a contributing photographer/writer to First Nation’s Focus.

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Harold Earl Miller -- aka Pah Tsenu Gwa -- died Dec. 26, 2018. Photos: Courtesy Raynell Miller

‘JUST TO BE ALIVE’ Remembering the life and times of Harold Earl Miller (June 14, 1927 - Dec. 26, 2018)

Raynell Miller | Special to First Nation’s Focus


Later in life, Harold taught the Paiute Language and Culture to children in the region.

y name is Raynell Miller, and I am a member of the Trout Eater People of the Walker River Paiute Tribe. My parents are Irwin and Karen Miller. My paternal grandparents are William Bill Miller and Nellie Sides Miller. My maternal grandparents are Henry Tom and Christine Celestine Tom. I am writing to share some of the stories of my uncle, Harold Earl Miller. “Pah Tsenu Gwa,” which means “Blowing Sand,” was his given Indian name, which he inherited from his Grandfather, Pah Tsenu Gwa, as he was the oldest born son. Harold shared that he was born by Wilson Canyon around the area of Nordyke. His grandfather Pah Tsenu Gwa (aka Johnny Miller) was from Schurz (Agai Dicutta Numu - Walker River Paiute Tribe). His family supported themselves by working at different ranches while his Grandfather worked at the Mason Valley Ranch. That’s where he inherited his English name, “Johnny Miller.” They mostly lived off the land, by hunting wild game and picking pine nuts, berries and whatever was available. Harold also worked on some of the ranches doing ranch work and then worked in construction. Harold attended the Walker River School, then went to the Pyramid Lake School, then back to Schurz, then to Stewart Indian School (aka Beans College), then on to the University of Nevada, Reno under its culture program. Harold wanted people to remember him for his culture with the Native Songs and our Native Language. He grew up with his grandparents and always spoke Paiute. He was mixed with different Tribes — Kuizatika’ah Numu-Mono Lake, Northern Paiute (Agai Dicutta Numu) and Mason Valley Paiute (Taboosee Dicutta Numu).

When asked what was your best accomplishment in life, Harold answered, “Just to be alive,” and that he helped write two books on the Paiute Language. Harold’s one piece of advice that he would like to pass on is: “Don’t forget your culture and native language.” If you know your culture and your native language, you will never be lost. The main thing he would like to see for the future of Schurz is for everyone be knowledgeable of their culture and native language. Schurz was and will forever be home. O



Harold signed up for the U.S. Marines when he was 17 years of age He lied so he could serve. His dad, William Bill Miller, signed the paper. He served in the Marines in Japan and Iwo Jima. He was wounded in Iwo Jima during the World War II. He enlisted in San Francisco on the second day of September 1943. At that time, he was an expert rifle man, and his service area was the Pacific Area from Dec. 6, 1943 to Dec. 3, 1945. He was wounded in action on July 21, 1944, and he received his Honorable Discharge from the Marines in San Diego as a Corporal on the 20th of December 1945. Years later, following his discharge, Harold loaned his military uniform to his buddy, the late Mr. Frances Allen of Bishop, California, to use in a parade. Some time following the parade, Allen’s house burned down, along with Harold’s military uniform and his medals. He hadn’t seen his medals that he earned for his service in the Marines since November 1963. However, on his 90th birthday, family and friends joined in celebration of the Return of Harold Miller’s Military Medals on a special day June 14, 2016, at the Walker River Paiute Tribe’s Community Center in Schurz. Ms. Shundean Emm sang the National Anthem; the VFW Post #6825 and Ladies Auxiliary conducted the ceremony and the Miss Indian Walker River and Lil Miss Pinenut Festival presented the medals. The Agai Dicutta Tuamuhvi Nobe (Trout Eater Children’s House,

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aka Youth Center) children held hands and danced the friendship circle dance in Harold’s honor. In later life, Harold taught the Paiute Language and Culture. For a period of time, he taught classes at the University of Nevada Reno, where in his ‘70s he was certified as an instructor. Other places that he taught were at the Walker River Paiute Tribe, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and Reno-Sparks Indian Colony. O



I would like to share some of the our many conversations Harold and I had over the years. One day, Harold was at the Agai Dicutta Elders Center where he frequented to visit and partake in the elder lunch. He was always giving us orders, and on this day the topic was of his funeral was discussed. He said that he would put Alberta “Cookie” Quintero in charge of the cry dance. Cookie joked with him that it’s too cold to die and the ground is too hard and they both laughed. Lorren Sammaripa was given the task of digging the grave. When Harold told him that was what he was supposed to do, Lorren and Harold chuckled. Harold would share many stories with all who would listen. Even during sad times, he would remind us all to try hard. He said, “when the old ones come for me, don’t cry, as I have lived a long full life. I am ready to go to the spirit world, I am waiting for the old ones to come for me.” He gave me the assignment of telling the story of the Milky Way. There are many versions of the story of the Milky Way, but, Harold wanted me to read it aloud for the Little Indians (the grandkids) to always remember. Harold has shared the story of the Milky Way many different times. He says that the

old ones told him that when our family and friends pass on and we begin our journey to the spirit world at night, you look up into the sky and see the Milky Way, where there is a big celebration. All the sickness is gone, and everyone is dancing, celebrating and greeting those who have passed to this wonderful place. When you see the Milky Way, you send your prayers to your family and friends who are all gathered celebrating at the Milky Way. Hence, all the clusters of stars and light are the dust of our family and friends that are singing and dancing in the sky. O



Harold missed his paternal grandparents, Pah Tsenu Gwa (Blowing Sand) and Tsi’a’bi’ba wu’nuu (Stand By The Wild Rose); his siblings on his mother’s side, Kathryn Moser, Oscar Moser, Elvira Moser, Edward Emm, Vivian Emm Whitney, Elwood Emm, Sr., Carol Emm Rambeau and Eugene Jody Emm Sr.; and his baby brother on his father’s side, Irwin Landis Miller. He made many visits to the Schurz Cemetery to visit Irwin, and at times he would be found sitting in his recliner looking out the window with tears. He truly loved his boys, William “Billy” Miller and Kenneth “Kenny” Miller. They were always in his thoughts. He loved his sister Margaret Emm, whom he talked about often of going to stay in Reno to visit. He was thankful to Daryl Wadsworth, his nephew, for harvesting his Toza. He loved his people and spoke about how we need to be strong to protect the Numu. Harold did not like it when ladies and young girls would use the drum to sing their songs. As he was taught, that is what causes sickness among the people. The only time a female is to use the drum is when her father

or her husband passes away and the drum is handed down or she takes his place at the drum. O



Harold spoke about how the land near Sparks is Indian land. There used to be a lot of Indian camps along the hillside and river. The old ones would harvest the red paint medicine near that area and would paint themselves and their horses for protection. Harold explained, “Our native language is medicine. We need to be very careful when we speak it. Speak it slowly. When you speak, the old ones will come. They will be with you. The old ones are like nosy little kids they will come when you speak the language. When you speak your Paiute language you honor me.” Daryl Wadsworth, Harold’s nephew shared that Uncle Harold taught me how to harvest the Toza. Uncle Sparky was getting up in age and he needed someone to get the medicine root because it grows on the side of a mountain in the most hardness areas. He told me how to identify and dig out the root. He told me to pray and give thanks for receiving this root. Harold always shared many stories about many different things. As a young girl, I looked forward to hearing what he was going to tell me. It wasn’t until I got older that I realized they were not just stories — they were teachings from the old times. I will forever treasure his time, his teachings and will honor him by sharing the teachings with the family and friends he so dearly loved. O



The Family would like to send their sincere thank you to everyone whom sent cards, flowers and traveled to Schurz to help us

“Our native language is medicine. We need to be very careful when we speak it,” Harold once said.

send Pah Tsenu Gwa on his way. The Family would like to thank newly elected Nevada Gov. Mr. Steve Sisolak for meeting with Harold Earl Miller’s family members to recognize Harold for his service to this Country. We would like to thank the Agai Dicutta Elders Staff for everything they do for our Elders. We would like to thank the Four Seasons Market staff for lending a hand to Harold in filling his mug with muddy water (coffee). We would like to thank the Staff of the Walker River Paiute Tribe for honoring Harold, and we would also like to thank Mr. Roy Enochson for sharing the notes to children, and the information of August 19, 2011, with the family. O

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Responding to call from the dispatcher, drives or rides with ambulance to emergency site using most expeditious route and ensuring safety. Positions ambulance in a safe location, performs scene size-up, determines mechanism of injury or illness and number of patients, performing triage and extrication as needed. Calls for additional response, air or ground, if needed. Assessing patient(s)’ status, establishes priority and provides appropriate emergency care; may administer intravenous drugs or fluid replacement as directed by physician. Determines facility and transports patient to higher level of care while continuing care as medically indicated or directed and teaming with partner. Maintains proper condition of ambulance units and EMS department at facility. Engages in continuing professional development. Must have current Nevada EMT and a valid driver’s license.

Substance Abuse Counselor/Clinical Supervisor

Manages systems for acquiring, analyzing, and protecting digital and paper medical information vital to providing quality patient care. Ensures patients’ health information and records are complete, accurate, and accessible to responsible patient care staff, and protected for patient privacy. Performs or assists in performing analysis of data for community and population health. Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Health Information Management with supervisory and related experience required, RHIT or RHIA certification preferred or must obtain within one year.

Serves as Quality Assurance/Accreditation leader. Creates and applies effective quality assurance programs, policies & procedures that promote and support high quality and continuous improvement in OCHF’s complete health care, behavioral health, dental, clinical and administrative support services, consistent with industry and accreditation standards and best practices. Bachelor’s Degree in a health related field and three to five years of experience in quality assurance/improvement, risk management, and/or accreditation such as AAAHC, TJC, etc. preferred. Full-time, Part-time, Must be Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP), Must be billable under Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance. Relocation Assistance and Tuition Repayment Available Provides substance abuse counseling and clinical supervision, education, after-care and prevention services to at-risk population. Collaborates with other Behavioral Health staff and medical providers in outpatient setting to provide integrated, whole person care. Monitors program services and administers policies and procedures for the substance abuse program. May contribute to grants, program evaluation, and collaboration with other organizations.

Billing Manager

This position is responsible for the direction, administration, planning, supervision and evaluation of the Billing Department. The incumbent will ensure that the Billing Department works in conjunction with the OCHF organization to achieve the organization’s goals and objectives. The function of the Billing Department is to facilitate an efficient billing process, ensure timely billing with revenue resources and keep updated with national policies and billing practices. Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree preferred, and medical billing and supervisory experience required.

Health Information Manager

Chief Financial Officer

As a key member of the Executive Management Team, the Chief Financial Officer will report to the Chief Executive Officer and Business Council and assume a strategic role in the overall management of the Tribe. The Chief Financial Officer will have primary day-to-day responsibility for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financial-related activities of the Tribe. This will include direct responsibility for: Accounting, Finance, Forecasting, Strategic Planning, Legal, Property Management, Contract Analysis and Negotiations, Banking, investing and Grant/Contract Management. Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or equivalent required. MBA and/or CPA desirable.

Social Worker

Under the direct supervision of the Tribal Administrator the incumbent will assist with the Social Services for Tribal, public, and voluntary organizations providing services in the Child Welfare, Foster Care and Adult Custodial Care fields to individual children, families, groups and community members. Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or 6-8 years of equivalent experience in the field of child welfare.

Public/Community Health Nurse

Relocation Assistance, and Tuition Repayment Available Provides nursing services to individuals, families, groups and the community at large. Nursing interventions are directed towards the goals of prevention, assessment, risk reduction and health improvement. Under the general direction of the Nursing Administrator, utilizes the nursing process to assess and identify community needs, analyze data, plan interventions, implement, and then evaluate the outcome. Provided direct patient nursing care. Supervises another nurse and two nursing assistants. Requires RN, with BSN and/or MPH preferred.

Medical Laboratory Technologist

Performs a wide range of clinical laboratory tests per requests by medical staff for use in clinical diagnosis, patient screening, monitoring and other purposes. Includes standardized procedures in accordance with established methodology and protocols. Makes minor adjustments to adapt or modify established guides to specific situations. Coordinates with laboratory consultant and provides periodic reviews for quality assurance. Maintains proper service and calibration of instruments, administers service agreements, and orders supplies. Prepares annual budget and manages to laboratory budget. Communicates well with medical providers, patients and administrators to provide excellent customer service. Maintains knowledge of laboratory standards and best practices. Supervises phlebotomist/lab tech.


FOR APPLICATION, GO TO: Please Include: Cover Letter, Salary History and/or Expectations, Resume, ShoPai Tribe’s Application and Copy of Any License/Certification

email: Ph: 208.759.3100 Ext.1224 or 1236 Fx: 888.476.7269

Preference for filling vacancies will be given to qualified Indian Applicants in accordance with Indian Preference Act (Title 25 U.S. Code, Section 472 and 473). However, the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will be considered in accordance with the provisions of Section 703 (I) of the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended.

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Ask Paul:

Using stimulants to combat opioid abuse is dangerous

Drug use and abuse, whether with opioids or stimulants like adderall, is rampant across the country. Photo: Getty Images

Paul Snyder, MA, LADC-S Special to First Nation’s Focus


he opioid epidemic has received much needed attention in recent months due to the number of nationwide overdoses. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports opioids were involved in nearly 48,000 overdose deaths in 2017 which amounts to more than 2/3 of all overdose deaths. While opioids are at a crisis level, we also need to be diligent in our recognition of other substance use and trends in our community and the country. When working with patients, I begin treatment with a complete biopsychosocial evaluation. This evaluation allows me to notice trends, and I’ve seen a rise in the use of stimulants, specifically methamphetamine. I researched national trends and found the CDC shows the most commonly reported drugs used in Nevada’s primary drug treatment admissions are stimulants, including methamphetamine. In California, over one third of voluntary admissions were for stimulants, including methamphetamine, even surpassing marijuana which was 25 percent. Another chilling statistic from the CDC shows Nevada’s amphetamine death rate is the highest in the nation. Actually the death rate from amphetamines will pass the state’s prescription opioid death rate if current trends continue. Stimulant use, including methamphetamines, tends to get ignored until a person is acting erratic and becomes a danger to himself or others. What can we do? The first thing we can do is educate people and make them aware that amphetamine use, abuse and dependence can be deadly. We can also offer options to prevent them from ever starting to use or help them stop using if they have already started. Let’s start with defining methamphetamine. What is it? What does it do? Why does it make people act crazy, and why is it so addictive? The addictive part of using methamphetamine is from the powerful rush of feel-good chemicals released in the brain when a person uses the drug. This feeling can cause a person to get hooked right from the start. Amphetamines prescribed by a doctor for ADHD and narcolepsy are one type of stimulant. Methamphetamine

is a more powerful stimulant, like a stimulant on monster steroids. It’s made of toxic chemicals such as acetone that’s used in paint thinner and nail polish remover, and toluene that’s used in brake fluid. Many methamphetamine ingredients are toxic chemicals that could even be harmful if taken alone. When people take methamphetamine they feel euphoric and aroused, have reduced fatigue, and feel confident and full of energy. This is such a good feeling that it takes over the person’s life, and it’s all the person can think about. This intense high is so strong it can keep the person using continually for days. As you can imagine, if you’ve been up for a few days, how would you feel? Remember, what comes up must come down. The withdrawal symptoms are opposite of the feelings people experience when they are high. These withdrawal symptoms include severe depression, low mood, anxiety, psychosis, irritability, fatigue and disturbed sleep as well as increased cravings for more of the drug, and thought impairment. Unfortunately, some of the cognitive impairment (brain damage) from methamphetamine use can be permanent. Even small amounts of meth can result in increased wakefulness and the physical/emotional/mental strain that comes with exhaustion. Also, the person can experience decreased appetite, rapid heartbeat and breathing, increased blood pressure and body temperature as part of the withdrawal. Another effect of methamphetamine use is the decrease in saliva production. This means acids and sugar, especially from energy or soft drinks, build up on the persons teeth, leading to decay which results in losing teeth or tooth damage. Methamphetamine use can also make a person look dramatically older in a short amount of time. Since meth can affect judgement, lessen inhibitions, and create intense cravings, people under its influence can be more likely to engage in risky behaviors such as unsafe sex. Stimulant drug abuse at times leads to promiscuity which

can expose the person to sexually transmitted diseases. People who have HIV/AIDS and use methamphetamine have more injury to nerve cells and mental health problems than people with HIV/AIDS who don’t use the drug. Some other negative consequences include itching and skin sores from scratching, anxiety, confusion, sleep problems, violent behavior, paranoia (extreme or unreasonable distrust in others) and hallucinations (hearing or seeing people or images that seem real but are not). Also, there are emotion and memory problems associated with using methamphetamine and these problems may be permanent. One of the most concerning aspects of using substances that are bought on the street is the person does not know what they are taking. At this time, there is no FDA approved medication for the treatment of methamphetamine or stimulant use disorder. The most effective treatments for methamphetamine addiction are behavioral therapies, like cognitive-behavioral therapy, which helps patients recognize, avoid, and cope with the situations in which they are most likely to use drugs. People who are challenged with stimulant dependency can receive this type of therapy from a qualified substance use professional. On a personal note, I have witnessed wonderful healing and transformation of people who are dependent on stimulants. There is hope and help available if you or a loved one are struggling with addiction. Please reach out and call your substance use specialist to begin your new life! O

What can we do? The first thing we can do is educate people and make them aware that amphetamine use, abuse and dependence can be deadly.

“Ask Paul” is a health column by Paul Snyder, MA, LADC-S, a Substance Use Counselor at the Reno-Sparks Tribal Health Center. It originally published in the January edition of The Camp News, the RSIC’s monthly newsletter. If you know of anyone who wants to stop or slow down using substances, call Snyder at 775-329-5162, ext. 1962, or call the 24 hour Crisis Hotline at 775-7848090 if needed.

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Recovering the Sacred: Indigenous women’s health Rebecca Chavez Special to First Nation’s Focus


omen by nature, gravitate to other women. Traditionally, chores were made easier when grandmothers, mothers, sisters and daughters worked together. Women helped each other in all aspects of life: gathering and preparing food, birthing babies, caring for the young, the sick and the old. They talked, offered advice, shared stories and provided a supportive structure for other women to draw strength from. Nowadays, women are more isolated but just as busy: working, going to school and caring for children, all the while tending to the day-to-day needs of the family. Women usually make healthcare decisions for the family, but often forgo their own needs for the sake of others.

This is why discussions surrounding women’s health are important: If women do not prioritize their own health, families may suffer. By discussing women’s health concerns, it is my intention that women will join in the conversation by not only taking care of themselves but by also sharing knowledge and advice with their native sisters. March 20th is National Native American HIV Awareness Day. This month’s discussion is on HIV awareness and prevention (nothing like diving in headfirst, right?).

WHAT IS HIV? HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It is a virus that attacks the immune system, leaving the body unable to fight off infections and infection-related cancers. Unlike other viruses, there is no cure for HIV, so if you get it, you have it for life. HIV can be controlled with proper treatment. People can live

Editor’s Note

Beginning this month, First Nation’s Focus is publishing a monthly column from Rebecca Chavez (Western Shoshone) called “Recovering the Sacred,” focusing on various issues related to indigenous women’s health. If you have any questions or ideas for future column topics, email her at, or email us at

long healthy lives without transmitting the virus to others if treatment is not delayed. If not treated, HIV can progress to AIDS (autoimmune deficiency syndrome), a much worse and potentially fatal stage of HIV. Without treatment, the life expectancy of people with AIDS is about 3 years.

HOW IS HIV SPREAD? HIV is spread by person-to-person transmission. HIV is transmitted in certain types of body fluids such as blood, semen, rectal or vaginal fluids, and breast milk. You can be infected with HIV if contaminated body fluids come into contact with mucus membranes or are injected directly into the bloodstream by a contaminated needle or syringe. You cannot get HIV from casual contact such as a handshake, a hug or even a closed-mouth kiss. You also cannot get HIV from doorknobs or toilet seats.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE HIV? Some people will experience flu-like symptoms 2-3 weeks after contracting HIV, but so will many other illnesses not related to HIV. The only sure way of knowing you

have or don’t have HIV is by getting tested.

WHERE CAN I GET TESTED FOR HIV? Testing is available at your local IHS clinic or county health department. In the Reno-Sparks area, HOPES and Community Health Alliance also provide testing. If you are pregnant, HIV and STD testing are a part of routine prenatal lab work.

HOW DO I REDUCE MY RISK OF GETTING HIV? ■ Understanding your sexual network. Your network includes everyone you have had sex with plus all of their partners and their partners’ partners, and so on. And while a person can contact HIV anyplace, the rates of HIV vary from zip code to zip code. So where you are having sex is important in understanding your risk. ■ Communication with your partner. Getting tested and know your partner’s HIV status. This means talking to your partner about HIV testing and getting tested before sex. Simply being in a relationship does not mean you don’t have to worry about contacting HIV (His idea of monogamy might be different from yours). If your sexual

network extends beyond just the two of you, get tested regularly. ■ Use condoms. Unless you are planning on becoming pregnant, use condoms every time you have sex. Enough said.

I AM HIV POSITIVE, HOW DO I PROTECT OTHERS FROM GETTING INFECTED? ■ Take antiretrovirals (ART) as prescribed to lower your viral load and decrease transmission to others. ■ Use condoms correctly every time you have sex. ■ Talk to your partner about taking a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to decrease their chance of becoming infected. ■ If you inject drugs, don’t share needles or syringes.

I AM A HIV POSITIVE AND PREGNANT, HOW CAN I PROTECT MY BABY? ■ Getting treatment early in pregnancy and taking ART as prescribed is important to prevent transmission of HIV to your baby. The risk of transmission can be 2% or less if properly managed. ■ The mode of delivery will be dependent on your viral load. If your viral load

Rebecca Chavez

is high, a C-section will be recommended. ■ After delivery your baby will receive ART for the first 6 weeks of life to further prevent transmission of the HIV virus. ■ You should not breast feed you baby as your breast milk may contain the virus even with low viral loads.

WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT HIV? ■ ■ ■ O Rebecca Chavez is a certified nurse-midwife and a women’s health care provider, an enrolled member of the Western Shoshone and a mother of two. She feels that every Native woman’s journey is a revealing story of strength, courage and wisdom. If you wish to join in the discussion, contact her at

Offering a limited number of registration & lodging scholarships to Tribes on a first come first serve basis.

See website for more info; More info, Sari Nichols at or 775.687.7603. Who Should Attend This Year’s Conference: Tribal Leaders • Tribal Tourism Directors • Tribal Economic Development Di-

rectors • Tribal Cultural Resource Directors • Tribal Planners • Tourism Professionals • American Indian Artists and Vendors • Museum and Cultural Center Staff • Grant Writers • Others interested in Tourism Opportunities

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Grants available for Native social, economic development projects

Nevada tribes encouraged to apply for business grants First Nation’s Focus


he U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Rural Development is accepting applications for a grant that supports businesses and jobs in rural Nevada. The department’s Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) program can be used in rural areas to support targeted technical assistance, training, feasibility studies and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses. Nevada cities and counties, nonprofits, economic development authorities and federally recognized tribes are eligible to apply; individual businesses are not eligible. In the past, the Nevada allocation has amounted to about $130,000. In addition, a separate Native American set-aside that is funded through a national competition is available. These funds, according to USDA, helped Nye County Regional Economic Development Authority establish a revolving loan fund for rural businesses and helped fund technical assistance and training to the Wells Band Tribe and tribal entrepreneurs. Go to to learn more about the RBDG program. Grant applications must be received no later than March 29. If interested, contact Michelle Kelly at michelle.kelly@nv.usda. gov or 775-887-1222, ext. 4765 for

assistance in Northern Nevada; or Laura Chavez at laura.chavez@ or 775-887-1222, ext. 4764 for assistance in Southern Nevada.

COMMUNITY CONNECT GRANTS ALSO AVAILABLE In related news, the USDA Office of Rural Development program is also accepting applications for Community Connect grants aimed at helping rural communities extend and expand broadband service. Nevada Director Phil Cowee said the program helps provide broadband access in a community center setting in areas otherwise without high-speed internet. According to USDA, funds can be used for: ■ Construction, acquisition or leasing of facilities, spectrum, land or buildings used to deploy broadband service. ■ The cost of providing broadband service free of charge to the critical community facilities for 2 years. ■ Less than 10 percent of the grant amount, or up to $150,000, may be used for the improvement, expansion, construction or acquisition of a community center that provides online access to the public. Eligible applicants include most state and local governments, federally-recognized tribes, nonprofits and for-profit corporations. The deadline for applications is April 15. Go to https://bit. ly/2kxtT9K to learn more and to apply. O

Yerington Paiute Tribe CURRENT JOB OPENINGS TAX DIRECTOR Wage: $17.79 to $19.61 (FT)

ENVIRONMENTAL DIRECTOR Wage: $18.68 to $20.59 (FT)


ELDER CENTER COOK Wage: $9.91 to $11.47 (FT)





To Inquire, contact HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR TERI BRENNEIS DIRECT # 775-783-0265 FAX: 775-627-9022

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All positions open until filled

The Administration for Native Americans (ANA), an office of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), recently announced the availability of fiscal year 2019 funds for community-based projects for the Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS) program. Tourism falls under the priorities for economic development funding, including: Tourism: Planning or developing resources, services and businesses that promote travel, recreation and tourism, or branding to tell the story of Native Americans as the First

Peoples of the United States. Projects may utilize the arts or other cultural resources to help revitalize Native communities, promote economic development, increase livability, and present the uniqueness of the Native communities to visitors in a way that celebrates the diversity of the United States. Economic Infrastructure: Addressing economic infrastructure needs that will strengthen business development and job creation in native communities. Entrepreneurship and Microbusiness: Promoting entrepreneurial development through business incubators and other activities that support businesses

and market the availability of local products or services. Place-based Strategies: Using a tribe or community’s local or regional assets and resources and collaborating with multiple stakeholders to address economic development barriers. ANA technical assistance providers offer project development training and pre-application training for potential applicants free of charge. Technical assistance providers may also be contacted within an applicant’s region to answer questions. Go to www.acf.hhs. gov/programs/ana/assistance to learn more. The deadline to apply for funds is April 15. O

Wells Fargo provides nearly $13 million to Native nonprofits First Nation’s Focus The Wells Fargo Foundation announced recently it awarded nearly $13 million to nonprofits supporting American Indian and Alaska Native communities last year. According to Wells Fargo, the funding “will help increase homeownership, energy sovereignty and workforce development on tribal lands; promote development of native owned small businesses; and help build capacity for nonprofits to better serve their clients in Indian Country.” The grants are the first phase of the Wells Fargo Foundation’s five-year, $50 million philanthropic commitment announced in 2017 to address economic, social and environmental needs of Native communities. The $13 million in grants doled out in 2018 went to 25 organizations and range from $50,000 to $5 million and fall into four focus areas: helping tribal members succeed financially; advancing tribal homeownership; advancing energy sovereignty; and capacity building for Native nonprofits. The following organizations received funding in

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OPPORTUNITIES Our Core Values are integrity, professionalism, creativity and involvement, and we strive to treat others with respect, fairness, compassion and encouragement.

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2018: Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Economic Development Corp.; Americans for Indian Opportunity; American Indian Chamber of Commerce Education Fund; American Indian College Fund; American Indian Engineering and Science Society; American Indian Graduate Center; American Indian Higher Education Consortium; Cook Inlet Lending Center; Enterprise Community Partners; First Nations Oweesta; GRID Alternatives’ Tribal Solar Accelerator Fund; Housing Assistance Council; Indian Land Tenure Foundation; Local Initiatives Support Corporation; Minnesota Housing Partnership; Native American Finance Officers Association; National American Indian Housing Council; National Congress of American Indians Fund; National Indian Council on Aging; Native Americans in Philanthropy; Neighborhood Reinvestment; Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition; ONABEN; Operation Tiny Home; and Prosperity Now. Nonprofits serving individuals, families and businesses in Indian Country who wish to be considered for a grant under the foundation’s commitment should contact to determine eligibility. O

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Permits on sale for Weber Reservoir Special to First Nation’s Focus


t’s fishing season at Weber Reservoir. Visitors can purchase permits for day-use, fishing, camping, boating and ATV use at either the Four Seasons Market in Schurz, Nevada (daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.); or at the Walker River Paiute Tribe’s Finance Department in the Administration Building from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The Administration Building is located at 1022 Hospital Road in Schurz. Call

775-773-2306 if you need directions to either location. Permits are not available online. Each vehicle is required to have a permit, and all will have to pay a $20 Conservation Fee with each permit. These fees allow the Walker River Paiute Tribe to offer sani-huts, trash pick-up and beach clean-up. Please help to keep Weber safe and clean for all visitors and remember that glass containers are prohibited. Enjoy your time visiting and recreating at Weber. O


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School readiness skills | Services for children w/Special Needs Health & Nutrition Services | Parent Engagement Opportunities Serving the Communities of:

Elko Fallon Lovelock Ft. McDermitt Moapa Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and his wife, Kathy Ong, pose with Emileigh Mason, Junior Miss University of Nevada, during the governor’s visit on February 1 to the Pyramid Lake Museum and Visitors Center in Nixon, Nevada. There, Sisolak met with members of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and other regional Native officials to discuss issues important to Indian Country in the Silver State. Photo: Courtesy Vivian Olds

Fishing Season is Officially Open! Permits for: fishing, camping, boating, fireworks and jet skis. Ice, Water, Gasoline, Propane, Beverages, Coffee, Snacks, Groceries, Fishing Supplies & More.

775-738-3631 775-423-6351 775-273-4911 775-532-8724 702-865-2753

Apply Early, as available slots fill up quickly! Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada (ITCN) - Head Start Program since 1969

Three Tribes, One Nation Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Open Positions

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State Route 447, Nixon NV, (Exit 43, 1 mile West of Fernley) 775-574-0467 775-575-2181 Open 7am-10pm RV Park Reservations: 775-575-2185 Open 6am-10pm

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2500 Lakeview Drive Sutcliffe, NV 89510 Store: 775-476-0700 RV Park: 476-1155 Open 7am-10pm

Miscellaneous Departments:

Washoe Language Instructor

Retail Clerk (Smoke Shop III)

Headstart Bus Driver/ Classroom Assistant

IT Technician I (IT Dept.)

Education Tutor

General Ledger Accountant (Finance)

Tribal Health Center

Permits available at 3 locations

775-574-1032 775-757-3036 775-773-2583 775-575-7910 775-463-7857

For Application & Eligibility Info: 775-355-0600

Education Department:

Fishing hours: Sunrise to Sundown

Nixon Owyhee Schurz Wadsworth Yerington

Tribal Court Bailiff (Tribal Court)


Fund Development Coordinator (Tribal Administrator-Budget)


2nd Assistant Manager (Smoke Shop IV)

Physician Pediatrician

HR Director

Nurse Practioner/Physician Assistant – 2 Positions

FOR PAY RATES, MORE INFO, & APPLICATION: Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, 34 Reservation Road, Reno, NV HR Dept: 775-785-1303 PLEASE NOTE: HIRING PREFERENCE WILL BE PROVIDED TO QUALIFIED MEMBERS OF THE RENO-SPARKS INDIAN COLONY FOLLOWED BY MEMBERS OF OTHER FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED TRIBES. Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act (Title 25 U.S. Code Section 472 and 473). However, the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony is an Equal Opportunity Employer and qualified candidates will be considered in accordance with the provisions of Section 703 (I) of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, amended in 1991.

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