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    Chairman Arlan D. Melendez was named the 2013 American Indian Community Leader of the Year. Learn More...

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    The “Leading the Three Nations into Our Future” mural increases cultural awareness. Learn More...

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    A major identifying feature of the Colony, Native art decorates the pedestrian bridge. (Mark Vollmer photo) Learn More...

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    Each Labor Day, the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony hosts the Numaga Indian Days Powwow. Learn More...

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    The Truckee has a history that reflects the cultural traditions valued by Native Americans. Learn More...

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    Founded in 2006, the Eagle Wing Dancers strive to keep traditional Great Basin songs and dances alive. Learn More...


  • Annual Memorial Day Walk/Run Draws Large Crowd

    Earlier this month, over 250 people participated in the Reno Sparks Tribal Health Center’s 2nd Annual Memorial Walk/Run to honor family members,community members and friend who have passed on. In addition, the RSTHC’s Three Nations Wellness Center hosted the event […]

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  • First Memorial Day Veterans Remembrance Held

    The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony held its first formal ceremony for its deceased military veterans on Memorial Day in two separate ceremonies. “This is not just a day for parades, fireworks and shopping at Wal-Mart,” Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Tribal Chairman Melendez […]

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What's Happening

  • July Activities at the RSIC

    The month of July is one of the busiest at the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony. From Pow Wow Dancing to Tai Chi classes, to informative meetings about health care, there is something for every during July at the Colony.  To find […]

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  • Eagle Wings Dance Group Looking for Members

    The Eagle Wings Dance Group is Recruiting new members.  You are invited to be part of an exhibition dance group whose goal is to keep our Great Basin songs and dances alive for today’s People and for our future generations. […]

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  • Language & Culture At The RSIC

    Are you interested in learning a native language?  How about learning how to make Pow Wow regalia?  Would you like to serve on the RSIC Language & Culture Advisory Board?  Would you be willing to be a presenter for an […]

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  • RSTHC Farmer’s Market Needs Vendors

    The RSTHC Farmer’s Market is looking for vendors for its Sunday, Sept. 7 and Sunday Oct. 5 events.  The  RSTHC Farmer’s Market will operate, 2-7 p.m., in the health center parking lot. Applications are due by Aug. 8.  Indian Preference […]

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Reno-Sparks Indian Colony

Three Tribes, One Nation

The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony was established in the early 1900’s and formed a federally recognized government in 1934 under the Indian Reorganization Act.  Located in Reno, Nev., the RSIC consists of about 1,100 members from three Great Basin Tribes – the Paiute, the Shoshone and the Washo.  The reservation lands consist of the original 28-acre Colony located in central west Reno and another 1,920 acres in Hungry Valley, which is 19 miles north of the Colony and west of Spanish Springs, Nev., nestled in scenic Eagle Canyon.

The RSIC is a vibrant, expanding organization which balances our traditional teachings and rich culture with contemporary business methods and innovative governmental practices.  We employ more than 300 people; more than 150 are our own tribal members.  Our vision is for a strong community that promotes and encourages individual spiritual, physical and emotional health to foster a long, abundant and prosperous life, which will lead to personal, family and community responsibility and prosperity.

For more information about our community, culture, departments, business opportunities and service, please contact Stacey Montooth, public relations / community information officer at smontooth@rsic.org or at (775) 329-2936, ext. 3268.

Keeping Our History Alive


Moving Forward in Our Community

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Embracing Our Land


Learning From Our Elders

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