The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony is a sovereign nation. Its tribal government includes an elected chairman and an eight-member council which serves as the governing body per the RSIC Constitution.
The constitution gives the Tribal Council the authority and responsibility to raise revenues, incur expenses, enter into contracts, borrow money, administer funds, purchase land, and provide services for the general welfare and benefit of the Colony's tribal and community members.
As a sovereign Indian nation, the RSIC Tribal Council carries the same unique powers and duties as any city council, county commission, or legislative government across the United States.
Regular, monthly meetings are held to discuss and sometimes vote on matters that affect the Colony, its membership, the community, and any aspect of the tribal government.
The RSIC held its last tribal election on November 4, 2023, and the next tribal election will be in November 2025.
Four of the tribal council seats are up for election every two years, for four-year terms. Five council seats including the Chairman position will be up for election in 2027. Staggered terms allow the governing council greater continuity.
The tribal council is organized to include a chairman, vice-chairman, secretary, and treasurer. The chairman shall be elected by the voters, and the vice-chairman, secretary, and treasurer shall be selected by the tribal council from within its own council membership.
The Colony owns unique traditions, history, culture and languages which are essential for the progress of our tribe. The reservation covers about 15,500 acres and is located in central, west Reno, Nev. The tribal enrollment office reports a total membership of 1,336 as of January 2023.
The tribal council strives to maintain positive, constructive relationships and tribal unity. These important elements are the guiding principles for tribal economic development which exists to improve the quality of life for all, even those yet to be born.
The Colony is an equal opportunity provider in accordance with applicable Colony and federal laws.