Tribal Government

The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony is a sovereign nation.  Its tribal government includes an elected chairman and an eight-member council which serves as the governing body per the RSIC Constitution.

The constitution gives the Tribal Council the authority and responsibility to raise revenues, incur expenses, enter into contracts, borrow money, administer funds, purchase land, and provide services for the general welfare and benefit of the Colony tribal and community members.

As a sovereign Indian nation, the RSIC Tribal Council carries the same unique powers and duties as any city council, county commission or legislative government across the United States.

Regular, monthly meetings are held to discuss and sometimes vote on matters that affect the Colony, its membership, the community and any aspect of the tribal government.

The RSIC held its last tribal election on Nov. 7, 2015 and the next tribal election will be on Nov. 4, 2017.

Four of the tribal council seats are up for election every two years, for four-year terms.  Five council seats including the Chairman position will be up for election in 2019.  Staggered terms allows the governing council greater continuity.

The tribal council is organized to include a chairman, vice-chairman, a secretary, and a treasurer.  The chairman shall be elected by the voters, and the vice-chairman, secretary, and treasurer shall be selected by the tribal council from within its own council membership.

The Colony owns unique traditions, history, culture and languages which are essential for the progress of our tribe. The reservation covers about 15,500 acres and is located in central, west Reno, Nev. The tribal enrollment office reports a total membership of 1,153 as of October 2017.

The tribal council strives to maintain positive, constructive relationships and tribal unity. These important elements are the guiding principles for tribal economic development which exists to improve the quality of life for all, even those yet to be born.

The Colony is an equal opportunity provider in accordance with applicable Colony and federal laws.

Following is a link to the Constitution And By Laws of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony.

The 41st Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Tribal Council
Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Tribal Council – Back row, left to right: Robin Eagle, Ruth Sampson Guerrero, Arlan D. Melendez, Daryl “Doug” Gardipe, and Jody McCloud. Front row, left to right: Jacqueline Quoetone, Shawna Johnson, Vera Nuno, and Susan Quartz-Holling.