Language & Culture


The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony's Language and 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).

For more details, view Our Languages Are Beautiful video. Additionally, read more about language revitalization in schools by viewing the Washoe County School District Paiute Classes on YouTube.

Senior Language Classes | Wednesdays at 12:30 pm (RSIC Senior Center)

The Language and 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 and Culture Program plans culturally centered activities for the community.

Indian Day Celebration | 4th 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 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 and Culture Program events, please call 775-785-1321.