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
Language Classes – will resume in February*
Beginner Level Language Classes
The Beginner Level Language Classes are held weekly throughout the year. The Tribal Council holds a high importance of the three RSIC languages and the program keeps a consistent schedule. The Language & Culture program supports the progress in student learning. The Beginner Level Paiute, Shoshone and Washoe Language Classes are weekly 2-hour foundational classes that focus on “everyday” conversational speech.
Beginner Level Classes
Location: 34 Reservation Road Conference Room
Instructor: Thaila Dick
Location: Hungry Valley Recreation
Location: RSIC Library
Instructor: Florence Millet
Youth Language Classes
Best practices in Indigenous language revitalization have taught us that the most meaningful language learning opportunities are language efforts focused on youth. The Language & Culture, Head Start, Child Care and the After School Programs offer weekly Paiute language classes in each of the classrooms.
Senior Language Classes
The Language & Culture and Seniors 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
Judy Martin, Language Program Assistant
401 Golden Lane
Reno, NV 89502
Phone: (775) 785-1321
Fax: (775) 785-9161
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
|Paiute Language Instructor||Thaila Dick|
|Youth Paiute Language Instructor||Reynelda James|
|Youth Paiute Language Instructor||Thalia Dick|
|Youth Paiute Language Instructor||Christina Thomas|
|Shoshone Language Instructor||Florence Millet|
|Washoe Language Instructor|
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 or click on the printable link here: