Language & Culture


The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony’s Language & Culture Program’s mission is to help community members develop a positive cultural identity by learning their Great Basin languages and cultures (Numu (Paiute), Newe (Shoshone) and Washeshu (Washo).

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Washoe County School District Paiute Classes

Senior Language Classes – Wednesdays – 12:30 p.m. – RSIC Senior Center
The Language & Culture and Senior Programs have collaborated to offer beginner level lessons on a weekly basis at the Senior Center.  

Monthly Cultural Activities
Each month the Language & Culture Program plans culturally centered activities for the community.

Indian Day Celebration – Fourth Friday in September
To recognize Nevada’s state recognized Native American Day, each year the planning committee lines up a family friendly evening of cultural pride, food and laughter.

Native American Heritage Month – November
In celebration of National Native American Heritage month, the program will schedule one event each week to share, teach and offer cultural information.

Language & Culture Staff
Stacey Burns, Coordinator
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Judy Martin, Language Program Assistant
Email:  jmartin@rsic.org401 Golden Lane
Reno, NV 89502Phone: (775) 785-1321
Fax:   (775) 785-9161
Hours:  Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Language & Culture Advisory Board (RSIC-LCAB)The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony’s Language and Culture Advisory Board (RSIC-LCAB) will serve the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony by preserving, protecting and promoting the Paiute, Shoshone, and Washoe languages and cultures.

The RSIC-LCAB consists of five board seats – all serving two-year terms.

For a complete listing of all the month’s Language & Culture Program events, please call Judy Martin at (775) 785-1321.