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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...


What's Happening

  • Carrying our Ancestral Weaving Tradition into the Future

    The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony  Cultural Resource Program/THPO will present Carrying our Ancestral Weaving Tradition into the Future on Saturday, Nov.,  8 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the Reno gym. Because November is Native American Heritage Month the THPO […]

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  • October at the RSIC

    Besides being a spooky time of the year with much milder weather, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, plus the state of Nevada turns 150-years-old. To see specifics on what is happening everyday of October, please […]

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  • Opportunities Abound With Language and Culture Program

    Three Native languages, regalia making and pow wow dancing are just a few of the offering through the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony’s Language and Culture Program. Beginner level Paiute, Shoshone and Washo language classes, open to everyone, include an interactive classroom setting with […]

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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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