WHEREAS: The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Tribal Government was formally established
on January 15, 1936, whereby, under the Indian Reorganization Act (IRA), the Tribal Constitution and By-Laws were approved by the United States Secretary of the Interior; and
WHEREAS: In order to establish a legal tribal organization under the IRA, and to secure and exercise certain privileges and powers, and to create governing units through which we may properly assume our responsibilities, and;
WHEREAS: The adoption of our Constitution and By-Laws was the first step in our progress toward self-determination and self-governance; and
WHEREAS: The passage of our Constitution and By-Laws established the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony as a Federally recognized Tribe with certain rights of home rule for our people; and
WHEREAS: The passage of our Constitution and By-Laws has greatly enhanced our Tribal
Sovereignty which was bestowed to us by the Creator; and
WHEREAS: The passage of our Constitution and By-Laws helped establish our Tribal territory, define our membership, our governing body, powers of the Tribal Council, rights of Tribal members, and other processes of our government; and
WHEREAS: Though much has changed in these past 80-years, the resolve of the Numa, the Newe and the Washeshu has not. From our early origins of government, to its 80th anniversary, the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony continues to evolve while preserving its unique, rich and sacred past. We thrive by the sacrifice of our elders, the vision of our youth, and the spirit of our
THEREFORE: I, Arlan D. Melendez, Chairman of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, do hereby
recognize our 80-years of sovereignty on the occasion of our 80th anniversary and call the
observance to the attention of our entire community.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF: Done this day on the very land designated in 1936 as home to the Paiute, Shoshone and Washoe peoples, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the RSIC, to be affixed this 15th day of January in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen.
Arlan D. Melendez, Chairman
Reno-Sparks Indian Colony