Cultural Resources

The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Cultural Resources Program revitalizes and perpetuates culture by its active expression of sovereignty through the preservation, protection, and management of Native American cultural resources and traditional cultural properties throughout Washoe County, Nevada.

In 2011, the National Park Service formally designated the RSIC as a Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO) to further enhance our ability to manage and regulate cultural preservation on RSIC lands. This includes planning and compliance with federal, state, and local agencies with relevant federal, state, local, and tribal laws.

The RSIC THPO records and preserves our oral histories and seeks the return of ancestral remains and objects through the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and Nevada Revised Statute 383 Protection of Indian Burial Sites.

The Tri Basin Cultural Committee (TBCC) is an advisory committee to the Cultural Resource Program/THPO that includes the development of required Section 106 (NHPA) review processes and documentation.

The TBCC participates in site field investigations and tribal consultation with tribes, federal, state, and local governments, agencies, and organizations regarding planning and compliance with the American Indian Religious Freedom Act (AIRA), Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA), NAGPRA, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and U.S. Presidential Executive Orders which pertain to Consultation and Coordination with Indian tribes and Indian sacred sites.

Providing educational outreach, public information, and community seminars on RSIC culture:

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Survey of cultural properties, maintaining inventory, identifying and nominating to the National Register of Historic Places, and recording our cultural oral histories:

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