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RSIC’s ARP COVID-19 Vaccine & Booster Incentive Program

American Rescue Plan
COVID VACCINE AND BOOSTER
INCENTIVE PROGRAM


The Reno Sparks Indian Colony prioritizes the health and safety of the RSIC Tribal membership in the fight against Covid-19. As we continue to mitigate through the ongoing public health emergency, it is imperative to get vaccinated and boosted as a proactive measure to protect our Tribal Community from severe illness and/or death.

As an effort to encourage our members to protect themselves against this virus, the RSIC Tribal Council authorizes a Covid Vaccine and Booster Incentive Program for all eligible RSIC Members, living on or off
the reservation. The Covid Vaccination and Booster Incentive program is authorized, with criteria as set forth below, and will extend to December 31, 2022.

Two types of incentive payments are available to eligible individuals as follows:

  1. $1000 Vaccination Incentive Payment:
    A one-time $1000 Vaccination incentive payment will be available to RSIC enrolled tribal members both on and off the reservation who complete a full Covid vaccination series and provide proof of full vaccination. A complete Covid Vaccination series is defined by the CDC as one of the following options:
    • 1st and 2nd Moderna vaccination
    • 1st and 2nd Pfizer vaccination
    • 1st and 2nd vaccination mix of Moderna and Pfizer (one of each)
    • 1 vaccination of Johnson & Johnson vaccine

    Currently, the CDC has authorized Covid vaccinations for all individuals ages 5 years old and older. If the FDA and CDC approve a Covid vaccination for members 0-4 years old prior to the end of this Incentive program, they will also be eligible for the Covid vaccine incentive.
  2. $500 Vaccination Booster Incentive Payment:
    A $500 Covid Booster incentive payment available to RSIC enrolled tribal members, ages 12 years old and older, both on and off the reservation who complete a Covid Booster shot. This incentive requires applicants provide proof of a full Covid vaccination series and a Covid
    booster vaccine. This incentive payment is in addition to the incentive for full vaccination.

    Currently, the FDA and CDC have authorized Covid boosters for all individuals 12 years old and older. If the CDC approves a booster vaccination for members 0 to 11 years old prior to the end of this Incentive program, they will also be eligible for the Covid booster incentive.

    ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
    • Must be an enrolled RSIC Tribal Member living on or off the reservation and eligible for the Covid Vaccine and/or booster as approved by the FDA and CDC as follows:

    ✓ Must be an enrolled RSIC Tribal Member age 5 years and older who are fully vaccinated to receive the Covid Vaccine Incentive. (Members ages 0-4 years old may become eligible for the
    vaccination incentive once approved by the FDA and CDC)
    ✓ Must be an enrolled RSIC Tribal Member age 12 years old or older who are fully boosted to receive the Covid Booster Incentive. (Members 11 years old or younger may become eligible for the booster incentive once approved by the FDA and CDC).

    • Must submit proof of being fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 as defined by the CDC. Proof is considered to be a vaccination card, print out of the individuals WebIz file, other official State Immunization Record or a signed statement from a heath care professional indicating
    the location, dates, manufacturer and lot number of vaccines.

    • Must submit a completed Vaccination/Booster Incentive program application with correct enrollment number, physical and mailing address and telephone number. Parents are able to apply for eligible children.

    • Must complete and submit all documents by the deadline of December 31, 2022

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
    • All eligible members may apply. This includes members who have completed their vaccination and/or booster prior to the start of the program, and members who complete their vaccination and/or booster no later than December 31, 2022.

    • Applications will be accepted immediately and through December 31, 2022.

    • All checks will be mailed, no exceptions.

    • Covid Vaccination and Booster Incentive applications must include proof of vaccination for all individuals listed on the application. Only completed Vaccinations and Covid Booster shots will be approved. If you have not completed the full vaccination series and/or Covid booster, please do not submit your application as it will be denied.

     PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR ORIGINAL VACCINE CARD, IT WILL NOT BE RETURNED.

    • Completed applications and proof of Covid vaccination and/or Covid booster may be emailed to covidvaccine@rsic.org, mailed or dropped in the Covid Incentive box located at the following:

    RSIC Tribal Administration
    Attn: Covid Incentive
    34 Reservation Rd
    Reno, NV 89502

    The drop box will be located in the front entrance of the Tribal Administration Office and will be
    checked daily at 4:00pm.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What do I have to do to get the $1000 vaccination incentive payment:
    • You must complete a full vaccination series to receive the first Covid Vaccine incentive payment of $1000. Options of vaccination choices are listed below. In addition, you must complete an application and submit proof of your vaccination (copy of your vaccination card etc.)
    • A complete vaccine series includes one of the following choices:
      • i. Pfizer – 2 doses (the second dose should be taken 28 days after the first dose)
      • ii. Moderna – 2 doses (the 2nd dose should be taken 21 days after the 1st dose)
      • iii. Johnson & Johnson- 1 dose
  1. What do I have to do to get the $500 Covid Booster Incentive payment:
    • You must complete a Covid booster to receive the Covid Booster incentive payment of $500. Booster doses are allowed as follows:
      • i. Pfizer – 12 years and older – Booster given 5 months after the 2nd vaccination dose
      • ii. Moderna – 18 years and older – Booster given 5 months after the 2nd Covid vaccination dose
      • iii. Johnson & Johnson – 18 and older – Booster is recommended for 1 dose of Pfizer or Moderna – 2 months after the J&J vaccine dose
  2. What if I got a Covid vaccine last year, am I eligible to apply for the Covid Vaccine Incentive?
    • All enrolled RSIC members who have completed a full Covid Vaccine series will be eligible for the $1000 incentive payment regardless of when the vaccine was received. Any eligible member who received a Covid vaccine prior to this policy, will be eligible to
      apply for the Covid vaccine and booster incentive payments. RSIC members are eligible to apply for vaccination and booster incentives through December 30, 2022.
  3. What if I completed a vaccine series, do I have to wait to take a booster before I can apply for the both incentives?
    • a. If you completed the Covid Vaccination series you can apply for the $1000 Covid Vaccine incentive and do not have to wait to complete the booster prior to applying for the first Covid Vaccine incentive. One you complete a Covid booster, you can reapply for the additional $500 Covid Booster Incentive as long as you receive the booster and submit your application before December 30, 2022.
  4. What happens if my child is not old enough to have a Covid vaccine?
    • a. Once the FDA and CDC approve Covid Vaccines for ages 0 to 4 years old, all children impacted under a new authorization to take the vaccine will automatically become eligible for the Covid Vaccination Incentive. The RSIC Tribal Administration office will notify the Tribal Community once new authorizations are approved by the FDA and CDC to expand vaccines to Children 0-4 years old.
  5. What happens if my child is not old enough to have a Covid Booster?
    • a. Once the FDA and CDC approve Covid Boosters for ages 0 to 11 years old, all children impacted under a new authorization to take the vaccine booster will automatically become eligible for the Covid Booster Incentive. The RSIC Tribal Administration office will notify the Tribal Community once new authorizations are approved by the FDA and CDC to expand Covid boosters to Children 0-11 years old.
  6. How long will it take to get my incentive payment?
    • a. Unlike the general ARPA distribution payment, all vaccination incentives will require verification and tracking for each eligible member and for each inventive. Therefore, we will work as quick as we can to get incentive payments completed within two weeks of submission, depending on demand.
  7. Can I pick up my incentive payment?
    • a. To deter the spread of the Covid-19 virus, all checks will be mailed, no exceptions.
  8. Where can I submit my application?
    • a. You can email your application and proof of vaccinations and boosters to covidincentive@rsic.org
    • b. Or you can mail or drop off your application at the following:
      1. RSIC Tribal Administration Office
        Attn: Covid Incentive Program
        34 Reservation Rd.
        Reno, NV 89502
    • c. A drop box will also be available at the entrance of the Tribal Administration Office, Monday through Friday from 8am until 4pm each day.
  9. What happens if I lost my vaccination card?
    • a. You can obtain a copy of your Covid vaccination and booster by logging into the following site:
      https://webiz.nv.gov
      follow the prompt link provided to retrieve your immunization record. Print a copy of your record and submit it with your application
    • b. You can also obtain a signed statement from a heath care professional indicating the location, dates, manufacturer and lot number of vaccines and submit with your application.

Vaccine and Booster Timeline to complete your Vaccination Series

Schedule Your Appt at RSTHC Now – Vaccine Hotline 775-334-0444

Schedule your COVID-19 Vaccine at Reno-Sparks Tribal Health Center! Vaccine Hotline: 775-334-0444.

Reno-Sparks Indian Colony saddened at the passing of Senator Harry Reid

(Las Vegas, NV) Senator Harry Reid speaks to Tribal Leaders at the Native American Presidential Forum 2020. Photo Credit: Bethany Sam

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Media Phone: 775-842-2902

Reno, Nevada (December 30, 2021) — The Reno Sparks Indian Colony (RSIC) is saddened at the passing of former Congressional Senate Leader Harry Reid. “Senator Reid was a good friend and very supportive to Tribes with federal legislation, water settlements, the Nevada Tribal Nations Land Act, Tribal representation on the U.S. Civil Rights Commission to name a few. He will be greatly missed; our condolences to his wife Landra and family.” Chairman Arlan Melendez stated.

Senate Leader Harry Reid appointed Chairman Melendez to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in 2005. Senate Leader Harry Reid empowered a voice for Nevada Tribes during his time in office. We are profoundly grateful for his service to Nevada Tribes and particularly to Reno-Sparks Indian Colony. Chairman Melendez issued an order that the US Flag will be flown at half-staff at all RSIC administration buildings in honor of Senator Harry Reid.

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About the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony

The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony formed a federally recognized government in 1936 under the Indian Reorganization Act.  Located in Reno, Nev., the RSIC consists of 1,206 members from three Great Basin Tribes – the Paiute, Shoshone and Washoe Tribes. The RSIC is a vibrant, diverse organization, which balances traditional teachings and rich culture with contemporary business methods. Our mission is to offer opportunities for tribal members to improve their lives and enhance tribal values by making community programs, services, and projects available.

Reno-Sparks Indian Colony to Open Two Cannabis Dispensaries with Drive-Thrus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Reno, Nevada (November 17, 2021) — The Reno Sparks Indian Colony (RSIC) announces the opening of 2 tribal cannabis dispensaries with drive-thrus in South Reno and Verdi, NV. Three Nations Cannabis, owned by RSIC, is expected to open both locations in January 2022.

Three Nations Cannabis will be a full-service dispensary with a drive-thru option at both locations. The dispensaries will have the largest selection of products, best quality, and best pricing. Products to include flower, vapes, edibles, pre-rolls, extract, tincture, plus more.

The South Reno dispensary is easily located off I-580 (Exit 61) at 11570 South Virginia Street; previously the Infiniti Car Dealership; and the Verdi dispensary is conveniently located off I-80 (Exit 2) at 420 Highway 40 West. Both locations are on tribal land. Both locations are near the tribe’s long-established Tribal Smoke Shop businesses.

The South Reno dispensary is approximately a 12,200 square foot facility, making this Three Nations Cannabis location the largest dispensary in Reno. The Verdi dispensary is a 2,700 square foot facility. Both facilities have been through a complete renovation and remodel to accommodate the tribal, state and county requirements for marijuana establishments.

Three Nations Cannabis dispensaries are also the 1st dispensaries in the Reno area to include a drive-thru service. With the COVID-19 pandemic still affecting all our lives, the drive-thru service demonstrates an emphasis on safety and provides a positive customer experience. This is how RSIC managed to keep the Tribal Smoke Shops open during the height of COVID-19.

RSIC will follow cannabis regulations in compliance with the Cannabis Agreement between the State of Nevada and the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony signed on January 29, 2020.  NRS 223.250 allows the Governor to enter into an agreement with any federally recognized Indian tribe located within the geographical boundaries of Nevada regarding Cannabis.

“Three Nations Cannabis enhances RSIC’s economic diversification strategy that will create well-paying jobs for both tribal members and the general public,” Chairman Arlan Melendez stated. “It will also help RSIC to invest resources into better elder care, education, health services, housing & infrastructure, language & culture, youth services; the opportunities are infinite.”

Three Nations Cannabis looks forward to welcoming new customers and delivering at every end of the cannabis experience spectrum.

For more information please call Bethany Sam, RSIC Public Relations, at 775-329-2936 or email bsam@rsic.org. If interested in job opportunities, email tnabahe@threenationscannabis.com.

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About the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony

The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony formed a federally recognized government in 1936 under the Indian Reorganization Act.  Located in Reno, Nev., the RSIC consists of 1,206 members from three Great Basin Tribes – the Paiute, Shoshone and Washoe Tribes. The RSIC is a vibrant, diverse organization, which balances traditional teachings and rich culture with contemporary business methods. Our mission is to offer opportunities for tribal members to improve their lives and enhance tribal values by making community programs, services, and projects available.

Official Results! Tribal Election Winners 2021

Thank you to all who participated and voted in the 2021 Tribal Elections. Out of 842 voters, we had 325 voters cast their votes. Congratulations to Election Winners.

  • Tribal Election Winners:
    • Tribal Council Members
      • Robin Eagle
      • Marlene Yarrow
      • Jerrold “Cecil” Wyatt
      • Randolph “Randy” Melendez

RSIC Election Committee
Phone:  (775) 785-1344 ext. 777
Email: RSICElectionCommittee@rsic.org

RSIC TRIBAL COUNCIL CANDIDATE CAMPAIGN VIDEOS

Due to COVID-19, RSIC Tribal Elections Committee decided to give the option to each RSIC Tribal Council Candidate to present themselves virtually. See below for videos of your RSIC Tribal Council Candidates.

There are (4) Seats Open. Which candidates are you voting for?

GOOD LUCK TO ALL RSIC TRIBAL COUNCIL CANDIDATES!

Bhie-Cie Ledesma
Suzanne Thomas
Anthony “Tony” Abbie
Ruth Sampson-Guerrero
Robin M. Eagle
Francis “Tom” Dressler
Bruce Sanchez Jr.
Catherine Phoenix
Daryl “Doug” Gardipe
Randolph “Randy” Melendez
Diana “Beanie” Sanchez
Felicitas Guevara
Jacqueline Quoetone
Marlene Yarrow
Jerrold “Cecil” Wyatt

RSIC Tribal Election date is this Saturday, November 6, 2021 from 7am-7pm.

Polling Locations:

Reno Multipurpose Room
34 Reservation Road
Reno, NV 89502

Hungry Valley Community Center
9075 Eagle Canyon Drive
Sparks, NV 89441

More information, email rsicelectioncommittee@rsic.org
or call 775-785-1334 ext. 7777

RSIC Application: ARP Emergency General Assistance Program

NOTICE

August 13, 2021

RSIC Enrolled Members,

To assist our Enrolled Tribal Members impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tribal Council has made the decision to assist our members from funds received through the American Rescue Plan (ARP).

As such, ARP Emergency General Assistance funding will be available to support COVID-19 rescue and recovery efforts of our Tribal members as follows:

  • Enrolled RSIC Tribal Members 18 years and older will receive $3800.
  • Enrolled RSIC Tribal Members 17 years and younger will receive $1000.
  • To be eligible, you must be an enrolled member by September 1, 2021.
  • The deadline to apply for ARP Emergency General Assistance funding will be September 17, 2021.

You will be required to complete the ARP Emergency General Assistance Program Coronavirus Relief Fund Application and W9 form before a check can be processed. To further prevent the spread of COVID-19, all checks will be mailed once available. W9 forms will be utilized to ensure appropriate updates to our Finance and Enrollment data systems to capture accurate contact information as necessary.

All applications and W9 forms will be sent to Marlene Yarrow, Tribal Council Secretary or Verna Nuno, Vice-Chairman and Tribal Administrative Assistant at 34 Reservation Rd. Please do not hesitate to contact Marlene Yarrow or Verna Nuno at 775-329-2936 for any questions or further assistance.

-RSIC Tribal Council

*RSIC Tribal Members 17 years & younger must also fill out a W9 form.

Send your application & W9 form to:
Reno-Sparks Indian Colony
Attn: Marlene Yarrow or Verna Nuno
34 Reservation Rd.
Reno, NV 89502

For more info, contact Marlene Yarrow, Tribal Council Secretary or Verna Nuno, Tribal Council Vice-Chairman and Tribal Administrative Assistant at 775-329-2936.