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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...


  • Education Department Distributing School Supplies

    The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Education Department is still distributing basic school supplies from the RSIC Education Office between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. In order for a student to receives school supplies, a parent/guardian must fill out a 477 client intake […]

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  • Community Reawakens Its Connections to the Past

    Native Americans are adamant that they have lived in the Great Basin for thousands of years and last month, 62 people associated with the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony saw proof. Not only did the participants of “Reawakening Connections to the Past: […]

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What's Happening

  • August at the RSIC

    This month brings more than hot August nights to the RSIC.  In addition to triple-digit degree weather, the annual, nationally known Numaga Pow Wow is scheduled for Aug., 29-31.  Besides dancing, the RSIC will enjoy a food handler class, the […]

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  • Numaga Pow Wow T-Shirts Available

    The 2014 Numaga Pow Wow is still a couple of weeks away, but you can order your souvenir T-shirt today. Please contact Ruth Sampson at Rasampson@rsic.org or by phone at ( 775 ) 530-7835 or contact Elliot Ramirez at Elitereno775@gmail.com or by […]

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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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