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American Indian Achievement Awards

The Alaska Native dance group Yu’pik from Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka, Alaska, will perform at the American Indian Achievement Awards on Saturday at the Nevada Governor’s Mansion.

Four Nevadans will be honored on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Governor’s Mansion in Carson City for their contributions to the American Indian community.

Fawn Douglas, Loni Romo, Quecholli Fortunate Eagle and state Sen. Julia Ratti, D-Sparks, are this year’s honorees at the eighth annual American Indian Achievement Awards Banquet and Silent Auction.

The event, which also celebrates American Indian Heritage Month, starts at 4:30 p.m.

“It is a great honor to be able to celebrate American Indian Heritage Month and the outstanding role models in Nevada’s tribal communities,” said Sherry L. Rupert, executive director of the Nevada Indian Commission. “This awards banquet recognizes this good work and the lasting impact it has on our Nevada tribes.”

Gov. Brian Sandoval proclaimed November as American Indian Heritage Month for Nevada.

The banquet culminates a statewide effort to recognize Nevadans who have positively influenced the lives of American Indians.

Douglas, the Community Leader of the Year, is a member of the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe, where she previously served as a tribal councilwoman. In 2015, Douglas graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with a B.A. in Arts, Painting and Drawing. During her time at UNLV, Douglas served as a member of the Native American Student Association. She is recognized for her organizer and activist work supporting American Indian causes.

Romo, the Youth Services Role Model of the Year, is a member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. She is pursuing a master’s degree in counseling at the University of Nevada, Reno. She has dedicated her career to supporting American Indian students’ journey through education. Romo has worked as a counselor at Pyramid Lake High School, served as the Native American Graduate Advocate in the Washoe County School District, and was a student leader for the Intertribal Higher Education program at UNR.

Fortunate Eagle, the Youth Ambassador of the Year, is a member of the Stillwater Shoshone Tribe. During his time at Reed High School Fortunate Eagle was very involved in the Native American Club and was president for two years. He advocated for native students at Reed, helped to organize club events, and organized students on important issues. He learned the Paiute language because he genuinely wanted to preserve it for future generations. Fortunate Eagle is now the Reed High School Paiute language instructor, the youngest person to teach at that level.

Ratti, the Contributor/Supporter of the Year, was instrumental in the passage of Senate Bill 244, a bill that integrates American Indian beliefs in the event of disruption, discovery, disposition and repatriation of human remains or other important American Indian cultural resources. Thanks to her efforts, American Indians in Nevada have a voice in what happens when their ancestors’ sacred remains and or funerary objects are disturbed on state and private land.

The American Indian Achievement Awards helps raise funds to support preservation of the Stewart Indian School. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased online at www.stewartindianschool.com.

This year, the event will feature the Mt. Edgecumbe High School Yu’pik Dance Group from Sitka, Alaska. The students will perform traditional Yu’pik songs and dances.

The Nevada Indian Commission selected the 2017 award recipients. The group’s mission is to ensure the well-being of Nevada’s American Indians, through development and enhancement of the government to government relationship between the State of Nevada and Indian tribes, and through education for a greater cultural understanding of the state’s first citizens.

For information on the Nevada Indian Commission and the Achievement Awards Banquet visit www.nic.nv.gov and for more information on the Stewart Indian School Living Legacy visit www.StewartIndianSchool.com or contact Denise Becker at (775) 687-8333 or dmbecker@nic.nv.gov.

 

 

 

American Indian Achievement Awards November 18, 2017

The Nevada Indian Commission celebrates National American Indian Heritage Month by hosting the American Indian Achievement Awards Banquet and Silent Auction at the Governor’s Mansion in Carson City, Nevada. This spectacular annual event brings together all Nevadans to recognize the contributions of those in our communities who positively impact Nevada’s American Indians. All proceeds benefit the preservation of the historic Stewart Indian School.

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UNLV students spring cleaning at Stewart Indian School

CARSON CITY, Nevada – UNLV students taking part in the university’s Alternative Break Program will spend next week at Stewart Indian School, completing landscaping and other projects, while also having the opportunity to learn about the Stewart Indian School and Native American culture.

The Stewart Indian School in Carson City is in the process of being restored as a cultural site. Students from the UNLV Alternate Break Program will be on the Stewart campus next week to clean up the historic cemetery and several buildings. Guy Clifton/Travel Nevada

The Stewart Indian School in Carson City is in the process of being restored as a cultural site. Students from the UNLV Alternate Break Program will be on the Stewart campus next week to clean up the historic cemetery and several buildings. Guy Clifton/Travel Nevada

The group, scheduled to consist of 10 students, will have a travel day from Las Vegas on Sunday, May 14, and start their week on Monday with a welcome, orientation and tour of the Stewart Indian School campus with Sherry Rupert, executive director of the Nevada Indian Commission. After the orientation, at 11 a.m., the students will begin cleaning up the Stewart Indian School Cemetery.

The service activities will continue on Tuesday with a clean out of the school’s auditorium. Long closed, it is one of the buildings planned for future rehabilitation as the school is transformed into a cultural center in the months ahead.

Along with their volunteer work on the Stewart campus, the students will be taking several educational trips, including to the Pyramid Lake Museum and Visitors Center on Wednesday afternoon; the Nevada State Museum, Carson City Visitors Bureau Great Basin Native Artist Exhibit and Rupert’s Gem Shop on Thursday afternoon/evening; and a tour of Lake Tahoe from a Washoe Tribe perspective on Friday afternoon.

Each of the students paid the university program $120 to participate.

Here is the itinerary for the week:

UNLV Alternative Break Trip

Stewart Indian School, Carson City, NV

May 14-19, 2017

 

Monday, May 15, 2017

  • 9:00-11:00AM Learning: Welcome and Orientation – Presentation and Tour of the Stewart Indian School and Stewart Indian School Cemetery History – Nevada Indian Commission Office with Sherry L. Rupert, Executive Director, Nevada Indian Commission (NIC) and Chris Gibbons, Curator, NIC
  • 11:00-12:00PM Service: With NIC and Washoe Tribe of Nevada & California: Stewart Indian School Cemetery cleanup
  • Lunch on your own
  • 1:00-5:00PM Service: Continue cleanup of Stewart Indian School Cemetery

 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

  • 8:00-10:00AM Service: Complete any cleanup of Stewart Indian School Cemetery
  • 10:00-12:00PM Service: Begin cleanout of Stewart Buildings – Auditorium
  • Lunch on your own
  • 1:00-5:00PM Service: Cleanout of Stewart Buildings – Auditorium

 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

  • 8:00-12:00PM Service: Continue clean out of Stewart Buildings – Dining Hall
  • Lunch on your own
  • 1:00-5:00PM Learning: Travel to Pyramid Lake Museum and Visitors Center, 709 State St., Nixon, NV (775.574.1088) to meet with Billie Jean Guerrero, Museum Director

 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

  • 8:00 AM-12:00PM Service:  Continue clean out of Stewart Buildings – Dining Hall
  • Lunch on your own
  • 2:00-4:00PM Learning: Nevada State Museum Under One Sky Exhibit and VIP Basket Exhibit with Gene M. Hattori, Curator of Anthropology

 

4:00-4:30PM Carson City Visitors Bureau, Great Basin Native Artist Exhibit – Mark Salinas, Cultural Coordinator, Carson City, 716 N. Carson St., Carson City, NV (Building just north of Nevada State Museum – Phone:  775.687.7410)

 

4:30pm-5:00PM Rupert’s Gem Shop – Tobin Rupert, Owner, 2800 S. Curry Street, Carson City, NV (Phone:  775.882.5988)

 

Friday, May 19, 2017

  • 8:00-12:00PM Service: Complete Stewart Indian School Building Clean Out – Girls Dorm
  • Lunch on your own
  • 1:00-6:00 PM Learning: Tour of Lake Tahoe from a Washoe Perspective – Tour given by Ben Rupert
  • 6:30-8:00PM Traditional Dinner sponsored by Ben and Sherry Rupert