First Nation's Focus May 2019

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Tribal News of Nevada and the Eastern Sierra | Vol. 3, No. 4

American Indian Culture and History | May 2019


Powwow pride Young and old come together for

RSIC’s Go Red for Health Powwow | PAGE 4




Investing in Education

Rallying Together

Native Expressions

Barrick Gold, Western Shoshone Scholarship Foundation sign 10year extension agreement

13 Nevada tribes urge President Trump to suspend shipments of weapons-grade plutonium

Artwork of Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe’s Melissa Melero-Moose on display at Nevada Legislature

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SPECIAL EVENTS 26th Annual Easter Egg Hunt — April 21, Natchez Elementary School, Wadsworth, Nevada. Hunts start at 11:30 a.m. Event is in Memory of Joe Marrietta. 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. Alex Bonta Memorial Open Teen Tournament — May 17-19, RSIC’s Hungry Valley Gym, 340 Eagle Canyon Dr, Sparks, Nevada. Boys and girls divisions, first- through fourth-place winners will be honored, as well as MVP, AllStar and Hammer awards. Entry fee is $350. Contact Tyrel (Icebox) Johnson on Facebook or text 775-741-3701. Pyramid Lake War Memorial Walk/Run — May 17, Nixon, Nevada. Participants and volunteers encouraged to pre-register by May 3. Check-in on May 17 starts at 6 a.m. A sunrise ceremony begins at 6:30 a.m., featuring prayer and Pyramid Lake war history, with the walk/run starting at 7:30 a.m. Start point will begin below the Numana Hatchery off State Route 447, ending at the Nixon Gym. Other activities include brunch, Paiute bingo and more. Registration forms available at all Pyramid Lake stores, Health Clinic, Tribal Court and Administration Offices. 29th Annual Snow Mountain Powwow — May 24-25, Las Vegas Paiute Tribe, Las Vegas, Nevada. Daily admission is $5; two-day pass is $7. Grand Entry times are 7 p.m. on Friday, May 24, and noon and 6 p.m. on May 25. Email or call 702-910-2593 for information; or, go to

RECURRING EVENTS Paiute Language Class — 6-8 p.m., Tuesdays, Wadsworth Community Building, 320 Pyramid St., Wadsworth. Young Girl Jingle Dress Dancer Powma Williams dances at the Go Red for Health Pow Wow on March 30 at the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony’s Tribal Health Center. Go to Page 4 to see more photos from the powwow. Photo: Alejandra Rubio

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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.

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In this photo that published in the April 2019 edition of First Nation’s Focus, we incorrectly identified the man in the image as Lt. Col. James Phoenix. In fact, the man is Tony Sanchez, and he is standing next to his niece, Kaylea Phoenix, (who is the daughter of Lt. Col. Phoenix). First Nation’s Focus apologizes for the error. To read more about Lt. Col. Phoenix, a member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe who was recently named Nevada Army National Guard provost marshal, go to, search: “Phoenix.” Photo: Courtesy Montooth

If the answer is “yes,” then we would like to hear from you. First Nation’s Focus contributor Alejandra Rubio, who is originally from Camp Verde, Arizona, and is a member of the Yavapai-Apache Nation, is currently a graduate student at the University of Nevada, Reno. As part of a project she’s working on in an effort to obtain her Master of Fine Arts degree, Rubio is looking to bring more awareness to Northern Nevada about the ongoing Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women epidemic. Rubio wants to interview Native Americans in Northern Nevada who may have been impacted by this issue. If you’re interested in sharing your story, please contact Rubio via email at — you can also email First Nation’s Focus at info@ for more information. O

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Barrick Gold, WSSF ink 10-year extension First Nation’s Focus

Sherry Smokey surrounded by her grandchildren on Saturday afternoon, March 23, after being inducted as a Woman in HIstory by the Douglas County Historical Society. Photo: Kurt Hildebrand

Sherry Smokey among five ‘Women in History’ honored Kurt Hildebrand

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urrounded by her grandchildren and holding a rose, Sherry Smokey was honored on Saturday, March 23, for her efforts on behalf of the Washoe Tribe as a historical woman of importance. Smokey was one of five women inducted into the Women in History Remembrance project at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center. “We are proud of Sherry, the woman who led the way for Douglas County’s cultural understanding of the Washoe Tribe and who helped promote Washoe students’ access to

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higher education,” son Rollin Smokey said. Smokey was best known for her development of Wa-Pai-Shone, which brought demonstrations of Washoe, Paiute and Shoshone culture to Douglas County schools every year. “It was a cultural exchange program that encouraged students to talk to others about their culture,” Rollin Smokey said. He said the naming of the new Gardnerville Ranchos middle school Pau-Wa-Lu, which is Washoe for “People of the Valley,” demonstrated the significance of his mother’s work. The five women inducted on March 23 join the ranks of nearly 150 women who have been celebrated since the Women in History Remembrance project began in 2000. O

Barrick Gold signed a 10 year extension agreement with the Western Shoshone Scholarship Foundation (WSSF) on March 12 at a ceremony attended by company executives, WSSF Board of Directors and tribal leaders from eight partnering Western Shoshone communities, including the Duck Valley Western Shoshone Paiute Tribe, Duckwater Shoshone Tribe, Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone and its Elko, South Fork and Wells Bands, Ely Shoshone Tribe and Yomba Shoshone Tribe. According to a Barrick Gold news release, the extension includes a 10-year commitment by the company to fund the WSSF at $1.3 million per year, an investment that will allow the foundation to plan for long-term sustainability and to support qualified scholarship recipients now and for decades to come. “The scholarship program is an example of how we invest in education to build a diverse pipeline of future talent,” Mark Bristow, CEO of Barrick Gold Corporation said in the news release. “Extending the WSSF partnership agreement for an additional 10 years, will help the tribal communities advance an entire generation.” Barrick originally signed a collaborative agreement with the tribal and band councils of the eight Western Shoshone partner communities in 2008, establishing the WSSF in the process. Since, the Foundation has funded more than 1,600 higher education scholarships for Western Shoshone tribal members totaling more than $3,492,000. “The extension of funding for the WSSF

Alice Tybo, vice president of the Western Shoshone Scholarship Foundation, and Mark Bristow, President and CEO of Barrick, sign a 10-year extension agreement outlining Barrick’s commitment to fund the WSSF. Photo: Morgan Kaisershot

is an example of a strategic long-term investment that has helped many tribal members achieve educational and professional growth and will continue to build capacity for our communities and for Barrick,” Alice Tybo, Vice President of the WSSF board, stated. The program has also expanded to include the WSSF Alumni Association, established in 2018 to create a valuable network for all scholarship recipients beyond graduation. The Alumni Association will also help the WSSF and Barrick understand outcomes and impacts of the scholarship on recipients and the partner Western Shoshone communities in planning for continuous improvement. Go to to learn more about the Western Shoshone Scholarship Foundation. O


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IN PHOTOS: Go Red for Health Powwow Alejandra Rubio | First Nation’s Focus On Saturday, March 30, the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony hosted its Go Red for Health Powwow at the RSIC Gym. The free and public event served to promote Native American heart health and was sponsored by the Reno-Sparks Tribal Health Center. First Nation’s Focus contributor Alejandra Rubio (Yavapai-Apache) attended the powwow. Check out some of her images on this page; go to for the full photo gallery. O

Grammy Nominated Singer Elijah Williams, from Young Spirit, singing with local Young Chief Drum Group.

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Elder Lanny Quoetone.

Paiute Elder Janice Stump in Traditional Dress. Photos: Alejandra Rubio

Paiute Elder Linda Melero-Jones in Buckskin Traditional Dress.

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Art Martinez singing with the Young Chief Drum Group.

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IN PHOTOS: Nevada Urban Indians Diabetes Health Fair, Powwow Alejandra Rubio | First Nation’s Focus The 12th annual Diabetes Health Fair and Powwow took place March 23 at the Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows, located at the Donald W. Reynolds Facility in Reno. Sponsored by Nevada Urban Indians, the event featured a health fair, powwow, drum contest, princess contest and dance contest, among other festivities. Check out some images from Alejandra Rubio (Yavapai-Apache) on this page, and go to for the full gallery. O

Sacred Dawn Kaiser, age 6, of Stockton, California, won the title of 2019 Little Miss Nevada Urban Indians (ages 1-6) at the 12th annual Diabetes Health Fair and Powwow.

Elders Charlene Redner, left, and Chervy Brown share a laugh during the March 23 powwow. Photos: Alejandra Rubio




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IN PHOTOS: Pyramid Lake High Senior Night Special to First Nation’s Focus On Feb. 15, Pyramid Lake High School hosted its final basketball games of the season on Senior Night. As such, seniors on the varsity boys and girls teams, and their families, were honored. The Pyramid Lake High School Yearbook staff shared the following images of seniors with their families on Senir Night. Go to www.firstnations to see the full gallery. O

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Recovering the Sacred: Reclaiming our health Rebecca Chavez | Special to First Nation’s Focus


ndigenous women experience poorer health when compared to other Americans. For example: ■ We have a life expectancy that is about 5.5 years shorter. ■ Indigenous people overall continue to die at higher rate due to chronic liver disease, diabetes, assault/homicide, suicide and chronic respiratory disease. ■ Native women are more likely to suffer from obesity and hypertension than our non-native counterparts. ■ Native women have the highest rate of tobacco use as well as higher rates of binge drinking, heavy drinking and illicit drug use. ■ The number of teenage pregnancy is higher among indigenous women than all other racial groups in the U.S. Lower life expectancy and disproportionate health status of indigenous women can be attributed to poverty, inadequate education, lack of health insurance, a lack of access to healthcare services, discrimination and cultural differences. However, there are ways we can make a difference in our own health. It takes determination and a willingness to take charge of our personal lives and make positive changes. When it comes to health, the choices we make in our ‘20s and ‘30s can affect our health for the rest of our lives. Ask yourself: Do you get enough sleep each night? Do you schedule an annual well-woman visit? Do you exercise regularly? Are you honest with yourself about your eating habits? Do you smoke, or drink alcohol? Below is a look at a few changes to make in our lives that can impact and improve our health and our future.


Never mind the fad diets; just follow a few simple rules: ■ The healthiest foods don’t come in wrappers or by way of a drive thru. Focus on fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein. Limit starches (e.g. potatoes, pasta, rice). ■ Eliminate the sugary sodas and drink water instead. ■ Re-introduce traditional foods such as fish, game meat, berries and nuts into your diet. ■ Frybread unfortunately is here to stay — limit it to special occasions. ■ Stay away from fried food: broil, grill or roast meats and steam or roast vegetables. ■ Eat at the table -not in front of a TV- at regular meal times with people you love.


Sedentary lifestyles can set the stage for weight gain and major health problems. Joining a gym is not for everyone, so think of ways to get moving that work with your lifestyle. Whatever you do, remember to get at least 30 minutes of activity on most days: ■ Get outside. Mow the lawn. Plant something. Take your dog for a walk. Wash the car. ■ Increase your steps by parking farther away from the store entrance or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. ■ Go dancing. Learn to powwow dance. ■ Ask a friend or relative to join you in walking, running or biking a few days a week.


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How you feel can have a long-term impact on your health. Chronic stress can lead to depression, anxiety, heart disease and obesity: ■ Get a good night’s sleep — 7 to 8 hours, whenever you can. ■ Set aside time for yourself: take a bath, read a book, go for a pedicure or see a movie. ■ Practice meditative breathing: Find a comfortable quiet spot and close your eyes. Take a slow deep breath in through your nose and slowly exhale out through your mouth. Repeat this for several breaths; the difference in how you feel will amaze you.


Making intelligent decisions puts you in the charge-of yourself, your family and your future. Be aware of the small decisions that can have a huge impact on your health: ■ Buckle up and put down your phone while driving. ■ Stop smoking — or better yet, don’t start. ■ Eliminate alcohol and illicit drugs from your life. ■ Practice safe sex. ■ Stranger danger — I know this might sound like silly advice for grown women, but our sisters and daughters are going missing and murdered in epidemic numbers. The historical trauma suffered by our

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grandmothers has had long-lasting and devastating effects. And while the cards remain stacked against us, there are some things we can change. We can reclaim our health by taking control and making positive choices for a healthier future for our families and ourselves. We carry the culture, language and traditions for future generations like our mothers before us. It is our responsibility to leave behind a legacy we are proud of. O “Recovering the Sacred” is a recurring column in First Nation’s Focus from Rebecca Chavez (Western Shoshone) — a certified nurse-midwife, women’s healthcare provider and a mother of two — focusing on various issues related to indigenous women’s health. If you have any questions or ideas for future topics, email her at

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13 NV tribes join protest of plutonium shipments First Nation’s Focus Editor’s note: This story originally published online at www. on March 25; details may have changed since its original publication date.


hirteen tribes in Nevada and western Utah are urging President Donald Trump and Energy Secretary Rick Perry to suspend any shipments of weapons-grade plutonium to a site north of Las Vegas. According to commentary contained in a series of letters sent March 25 to Trump and Perry, tribal leaders said they share the state of Nevada’s concerns that they were not informed or consulted about a half metric ton (1,102 pounds) of the radioactive material the government secretly shipped to Nevada over the state’s objections last year. According to the Nevada Indian Commission, tribal chairmen from the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, Duckwater Shoshone Tribe, Walker River Paiute Tribe, Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribe, Elko Band Council, Ely Shoshone Tribe, Yerington Paiute Tribe, Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation, Summit Lake Paiute Tribe, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute — which encompasses parts of Eastern Nevada and Western Utah — all wrote letters of concern. “As a Southern Nevada tribe, our reservations — one in downtown Las Vegas and another in the northwestern part of the Las Vegas Valley — are in direct proximity to the transportation routes that may have been utilized for this shipment to the Nevada National Security Site,” Chris Spotted Eagle, tribal chairman of the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe, wrote in his letter. “Were an incident to occur during such transport, our tribal citizens would be exposed to potentially harmful impacts.” Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak previously sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Feb. 27, requesting a meeting to discuss the plutonium

Thousands of Native American artifacts were confiscated from a South Lake Tahoe man — Timothy Brian Harrison — who was sentenced to a year in prison on Feb. 26. Photo: Courtesy U.S. Attorney’s Office

Arlan Melendez, chairman of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, is among Nevada tribal officials urging President Donald Trump to work closely with leaders to address the issue. Photo: Courtesy

shipment and the administration’s plans for the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site. As of late March, President Trump had yet to acknowledge or respond to Gov. Sisolak’s request for a meeting. “This is a real concern for Nevada’s Tribes,” said Sherry Rupert, executive director of the Nevada Indian Commission, in a March 25 news release. “The sovereign tribes of Nevada should be afforded consultation as this decision affects their homelands and their citizens.” Arlan Melendez, chairman of the RSIC, said the plutonium is being stored on ancestral homelands of the Western Shoshone people. In his letter to Trump, he urged the president to accept the meeting with Sisolak and “that your DOE Secretary work closely with our tribal and state leaders to address the specifics of this recent shipment, and to ensure that no more hazardous material is sent to and/or left behind on our land.” Energy Department officials confirmed in March they were working with Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto to expedite removal of the plutonium from Nevada. O

Man gets year in prison for digging up Washoe artifacts Timothy Brian Harrison to begin serving his sentence April 23 First Nation’s Focus Nearly seven years after he was caught digging up ancient Washoe artifacts, a South Lake Tahoe man was sentenced Feb. 26 to spend a year in prison for illegal excavation and removal of archaeological resources. Timothy Brian Harrison, 50, also must make $113,000 restitution, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Harrison is out of custody and was ordered to self-surrender to begin serving his sentence April 23. According to media reports and information from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, a group of rock climbers reported Harrison was digging at a popular Hope Valley climbing area, located roughly a half hour south of South Lake Tahoe, in September 2012. The climbers confronted him about digging up the area more than once before reporting him to the Alpine County Sheriff ’s Office. Harrison’s vehicle was located by a California Department of Fish and Wildlife warden, which led to the recovery of several artifacts. Darrel Cruz, who was then-director of the Washoe Tribe’s Historic Preservation Office, declined to describe the items, but said they were from the ancestral Hung-A-Lel-Ti, or

southern Washoe. “This is very important to us because this is our heritage,” Cruz said. “By this action that happened, it kind of erased some of our past.” According to court documents, Harrison conducted illegal digging at prehistoric Native American archaeological sites on federal lands in Alpine and El Dorado counties, near Lake Tahoe. He collected tens of thousands of ancient artifacts from multiple archaeological sites, and virtually destroyed two very significant archaeological sites. Archaeologists explained that Harrison’s conduct led to the irreplaceable loss of unique historical information. Archaeologists learn the cultural history of the prior inhabitants from artifacts left behind by the inhabitants by carefully documenting where the artifacts are found, and looting of the artifacts destroys that context. Representatives of the Washoe Tribe of California and Nevada spoke about the impact on the tribe from this destruction of sites. They explained that Harrison’s digging erased their past and interfered with the tribe’s ability to teach younger generations about their history and culture. This case was the product of an investigation by the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, California State Fish & Wildlife Service, California Highway Patrol, and Alpine County Sheriff ’s Department. O

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‘The Mustang’ film focuses on Nevada horse rehab program First Nation’s Focus


Sundance movie filmed in Carson City that depicts the Bureau of Land Management’s rehabilitation program for inmates who train wild horses to be sold at auction for adoption is currently in theaters across Northern Nevada and the West. Robert Redford is the executive producer of “The Mustang.” The movie was filmed at the historic Nevada State Prison in Carson City, which closed in 2012. Based on a true story, the movie follows Roman Coleman, a violent convict, who’s given the chance to participate in the rehabilitation program involving the training of wild mustangs. Matthias Schoenaerts portrays Coleman, who’s spotted by a no-nonsense veteran trainer portrayed by Bruce Dern and helped by an outgoing fellow inmate and trick rider (Jason Mitchell). The movie also marks the acting debut of real-life horseman Thomas Smittle, a Native American who plays Tom, one of the prisoners in the wild horse rehab program. According to Smittle’s IMDB biography, he was born in Mehama, Ore., and is the son of Jean L. Wood (Blackfoot/Paiute), a housekeeper; and Howard Smittle (Cheyenne/Euro), a horseman and fabricator.

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Thomas once participated in the wild horse program depicted in The Mustang (2019). Over the years, he has become a wellknown advocate of wild horses and works closely with Return to Freedom Wild Horse Conservancy, Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue, Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation and other wild horse sanctuaries and rescues. The movie is directed by French director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre. Schoenaerts is known for the Academy Award winning film “The Danish Girl” and Jennifer Lawrence’s “Red Sparrow.” The film was shot at the Nevada State Prison over a six-week period in 2017. Others featured

Thomas Smittle (Paiute, Cheyenne) makes his acting debut in “The Mustang.” Photo: Courtesy IMDB

in the film include Connie Britton (“Spin City,” “Friday Night Lights” television series, “9-1-1”), who portrays a psychologist, and local actor Jack Waggon of Carson City. Other Northern Nevada residents also participated with the film crew and as extras. There

were more than 1,200 volunteer hours associated with the film. The movie parallels the mustang rehabilitation program in Carson City, the Northern Nevada Correctional Center/ Stewart Conservation Camp Saddle Horse and Burro Training Program. O

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The Grants/Contract Manager is responsible for all aspects of grant writing, grant and P.L. 93-638 contracts (under the Indian Self-Determination and education Assistance Act) applications and proposal development, Vocational Rehabilitation Grant and other grants, grant and PL 93-638 contract compliance and reporting management, researching and identifying potential funding sources, and responding to federal, state, public and private grant, P.L. 93-638, Vocational Rehabilitation and other grant contracting opportunities. The Grants/Contracting Manager will provide support for Tribal programs by reviewing and editing departmental and/or governmental grants and PL93-638 contract proposals, monitoring progress reports and the submission of reports, and new requests for funding; performs other duties as needed to support the Moapa Band of Paiutes. Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration or related field from an accredited college or university, or at least three years of experience relevant to this position. Must have demonstrated experience as a grant writer with PL 93-638, Vocational Rehabilitation and other grants contract management. Must have knowledge of effective grant writing techniques and proposal and program development. Must have demonstrated skills in preparing competitive grant proposals to the federal government. Must be detail oriented and have experience in office organization, management, and processes. Must be flexible and willing to work some evenings and weekends as needed. Must be willing to travel as necessary. Must possess a valid Driver license Must be insurable through Tribal insurance. Must pass a pre-employment background check. Must pass a pre-employment alcohol and drug screening. Preferences: Prefer knowledge and experience working within a Tribal government organizational structure. Five years of experience in the development and management of federal grants and/or PL 93-638 contracts. Certifications in grant writing and/or grant evaluation

Apply Today Send your resume to: mbophr@ Moapa Band of Paiutes 702-865-2787 PO Box 340, 1 Lincoln Street Moapa, NV 89025-0340

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Moapa Band of Paiutes oversees daily Financial activities and operations of the tribal government and provides direction and supervision over the Tribe’s Finance Department. The CFO develops policies and procedures relating to financial and budget activities, establishes and enforces internal financial controls, maintains tribal books of record and cash balances, and ensures compliance with all applicable legal requirements and generally accepted accounting principles. The CFO is responsible for keeping the Tribal Council apprised of the ongoing financial position of the Tribe, its economic development projects, its governmental programs, and for providing strategic leadership for the company by working with the Administration to develop and establish long-range goals, strategies, financial plans and policies to ensure the Tribe’s finances. The CFO balances the bank statements monthly and prepares reports for each department on a monthly basis. Requirements: Must possess proven management and supervisory skills. Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Business Administration or Finance; CPA preferred. 10 years financial and accounting experience, working as an accountant in controller or CFO positions Experience with Grants Management required. Must be willing to work some evenings and weekends. Must be willing to travel as required (minimal.) Must possess a valid Driver license Must be insurable through Tribal insurance. Must pass a pre-employment background check. Must pass a pre-employment alcohol and drug screening. Preferences: Three years of experience working with fund accounting, MIP fund accounting preferred. Experience in BIA P.L. 93-638 programs preferred. Experience with grants management. Knowledge of casino gaming industry preferred.

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Free Services Include:

Head Start

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

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

Nixon Owyhee Schurz Wadsworth Yerington

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

For Application & Eligibility Info: 775-355-0600

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

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

ENVIRONMENTAL ASSISTANT Wage: $11.47hr to $13.27 (FT)


PHOTOS FROM LEFT: This lithograph on paper signed by the important Native American artist Tommy Wayne (“T.C.”) Cannon (1946-1978), titled “Waiting for the Bus, Andarko Princess,” sold for $12,500; This cooking basket found in northwest Nevada 50 years ago sold for $3,125.; This Navajo Squash Blossom necklace sold for $2,500. Photos: Uwe Nikoley

Native lithograph by T.C. Cannon sells for $12,500 Special to First Nation’s Focus


spectacular lithograph on paper signed by famed Native American artist Tommy Wayne (“T.C.”) Cannon, titled “Waiting for the Bus, Andarko Princess,” sold for $12,500 at the 2019 Wigwam Auction — a celebration of the country’s Great Basin Native

Art in the Yurt Antiques & Native Crafts Paintings by Carlos Warner Ceramics by Eric Woods Photography by Vivian Olds

Desert Light Arts 369 Main Street Wadsworth, Nevada

(3.2 Miles from Fernley, NV)

Painting by Carlos Warner


Wage: $14.63 to $16.13 (FT)


Wage: $23.84 to $25.03 (FT)


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


Lovelock Paiute Tribe is currently accepting applications for

Tribal Police Officer Salary: D.O.E. Supervisor: Tribal Administrator For qualifications or an application or more information contact: LOVELOCK PAIUTE TRIBE P.O. BOX 878 LOVELOCK, NV

(775) 273-7861 or All positions open until filled

American heritage — which took place March 7-11 in Reno. The auction was conducted in the Holabird Western Americana Collections at 3555 Airway Drive (Suite #308), as well as online via and Invaluable. com. Headlining the event was the Moe and Mary Royels Great Basin Wigwam Collection. The items in the Royels’ collections reflect the rich history the state of Nevada enjoys in the unique place known as the Great Basin. A number of items (mainly dresses) were made especially for Mary Royels, plus a few for Moe, by local Paiute friends. The collections included baby baskets, beaded baskets, art depicting early man in the Great Basin by William Moore, stone artifacts, moccasins and stone projectile points. The T.C. Cannon lithograph, from 1978, was the auction’s top lot. Depicting a woman seated on a bench waiting for a bus, it was signed, numbered (#24/125) and embossed by the artist. The print was housed in a double mat frame, 37 inches by 30 inches. Another litho of the same work is on display at the Smithsonian Institute. Cannon, from Oklahoma, was a member of the Kiowa Tribe, died in May 1978. Over the course of the five-day event, the auction featured hundreds of lots of memorabilia, including rare vintage bottles,

saloon items, cowboy collectibles, firearms and weaponry, gaming collectibles and plenty of numismatic items, such as books, checks, coins, dies, ephemera, medals, “socalled” dollars, tokens and much, much more. Some other notable transactions include: ■ $6,562 for a group of 10 orange Republic of China 6% two-year secured gold loan treasury notes from 1919. ■ $3,125 for an ancient, 15-inch-diamater cooking basket found in northwest Nevada 50 years ago, never buried. ■ $2,875 for a hand-woven Navajo rug with a tribal design, made by America’s Natives from the Russell Foutz Indian Room in Farmington, New Mexico. ■ $2,625 for a collection of 40 red Imperial Chinese government railway 100-pound bonds, issued in 1911 by the Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corp. in London. ■ $2,500 for a vintage Navajo Squash Blossom necklace boasting 16 beautiful turquoise nuggets from the No. 8 mine in Eureka County, Nevada. Holabird Western Americana Collections hosts several auctions throughout the year; to consign a single piece or a collection, call Fred Holabird at 775-851-1859 or 844-492-2766; or, you can e-mail him at To learn more about Holabird Western Americana and the firm’s upcoming events, visit www. O

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Northern Paiute art displayed at NV Legislature Guy Clifton

Special to First Nation’s Focus


ative American artist Melissa Melero-Moose finds inspiration for her mixed media creations from the landscape and culture of the Northern Paiute of the Great Basin. “Willows, tules, cattails and pine nuts are all very important staples to the Paiute people, being sources of food, shelter and implements made with artistic intention,” she said. “I consider these works to be a perspective of my tribe and culture through the eyes of a Native woman, mother and artist.” Melero-Moose’s work is featured in the exhibit, “Translating Paiute,” which is on display at the Nevada Arts Council’s Legislative eXhibition Series (LXS) Gallery inside the Nevada Legislative Building. Throughout the 2019 Legislative session, the works of six Nevada artists is being featured. Melero-Moose, a member of the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe who lives in Hungry Valley, is the fourth of the six artists, and her display will remain in place through April 26. Born in San Francisco, Melero-Moose grew up in Reno. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and a Bachelor of Science from Portland State University in Oregon. The process of Melero-Moose’s works evolves from painting abstract figures and landscapes to the experimental combining of mediums and objects to create her current mixed media work. Her ideas of applying willow and other objects to

This piece of mixed media on canvas art — “Women, Water and the Gathering” — was created in 2017 by Melissa Melero-Moose, of the Fallon Paiute-Shosone Tribe. Photo: Courtesy Melissa Melero-Moose

the canvas came from her family coming together to make each part of her son’s cradleboard. “From the willow alignment to the beadwork for his cradleboard hood, I saw each part separately before it was assembled and wanted to document that series of creation,” she said. Melero-Moose layers organic objects, sand, an acrylic washes to create a pictorial view of the Great Basin told through a textural surface. “These protruding images and highly textured surfaces transform from two-dimensional canvas to three-dimensional

Melissa Melero-Moose, a Native American artist (Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe), poses in her home in Hungry Valley in January 2017. Born in San Francisco, Melero-Moose grew up in Reno. Photo: Kevin Clifford / Nevada Photo Source

objects when I attach the willow, pine nuts, or found objects to the surface,” she said. “I view these works as a personal collaboration of my culture, individual development and curious expression of the world around me. My intention is to share with others the beauty of the Great Basin area, people and culture.”

Go to to learn more about Melissa Melero-Moose or to purchase her work. O Guy Clifton is Public Relations Specialist for the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, focusing on museums, arts and Indian news.

Owyhee Community Health Facility

1036 Idaho State Highway 51, Owyhee County, ID 83604

Clinical Application Coordinator/IT Specialist

Responsible for the installation, daily operation, and maintenance including problem resolution for multi-user and personal computer systems. Includes coordination and consultation on all ADP/MIS issues such as office automation, telecommunication and security, including PC user support, Resource Patient Management System (RPMS), Electronic Health Record (EHR), all network connections, servers and necessary data and voice lines. Requires specific related training and experience in support of healthcare IT, preferably with BS degree and experience with RPMS/EHR.

Quality Assurance/Risk Manager/Director

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.

Emergency Medical Technician

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.

Health Information Manager

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.

Billing Manager

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.

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. 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.

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.

Chief Financial Officer

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.

Director of Operations:

Provides leadership, guidance & direction to subordinate program managers and supervisors in planning, development, maintenance, execution and evaluation of personnel and services in the administrative areas such as fiscal management, Billing, Health Information, Clinical Applications, Purchased Referred Care, and Facilities. The incumbent may be assigned special administrative functions and projects as deemed necessary. The DO is ultimately responsible for the administration and implementation of administrative operations within the OCHF in support of providing quality patient care and is a key member of OCHF leadership. Master’s Degree: Public Health, Business Administration or Health Care Finance. 3 years of health care/operations administrative experience. Experience in Quality Assurance & Compliance Management. 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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