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COMMUNITY SURVEY 2022

September 27, 2022

TO:      RSIC Community
FROM: Planning Department
RE:      Community Survey Deadline is This Friday, September 30th, 2022

The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony (RSIC) Planning Department is conducting a Community Survey for the 2040 Comprehensive Plan and we need your input! The survey is open to all RSIC tribal members, residents, and employees.

Take Quick Survey Here: Community Survey 2022

The purpose of this survey is to obtain community feedback for the new Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Comprehensive Plan. Survey responses will help the Planning Department address community issues and concerns for each of the Comprehensive Plan Elements, such as Land Use and Housing.

Options to complete the survey:

  1. Complete the survey online (preferred).
  • Complete the attached paper version of the survey.  Once completed, you can either:
    • Scan and email the survey to Candace H. Stowell, AICP, Planning Director, at cstowell@rsic.org, or
    • Drop off the survey or mail the survey to the RSIC Planning Department at 1937 Prosperity Street, Reno, NV 89502, or
    • Bring your completed survey to the Tribal Council meeting at the Hungry Valley Recreation Center on September 28.

If you have any questions or need assistance completing the survey, please call the Planning Department at 775-785-1363. The Survey will remain open until Friday, September 30.

Thank you,

RSIC Planning Department.

2022 Numaga Indian Days Powwow

Happening This

Labor Day Weekend!

Don’t miss the nationally acclaimed 34th Annual Numaga Indian Days Pow Wow starting on Thursday, September 1st,  through Sunday, September 4th, in Hungry Valley, NV at 105 Loop Rd, Sparks, NV 89441.

Hungry Valley is 7 miles past Spanish Springs High School on Eagle Canyon Drive. For RSIC mapping, go to https://rsic-planning-rsic.hub.arcgis.com

This FREE, family-friendly annual event is held over Labor Day weekend and features the best Native American dancers, singers and drummers in the country.

Besides the memorable pow wow entertainment, over 50 vendors sell traditional native foods and stunning handcrafted silver work, bead work, baskets and other American Indian art.

History of Numaga Indian Days Pow Wow
The Numaga Indian Days Pow Wow is named after Chief Numaga, the famous Paiute Chief, known for peace. Chief Numaga was a great 19th century leader who had the courage and the vision to counsel against war. Facing severe threats to his people by invading white forces, Numaga repeatedly chose peace. His successful peace negotiations, helped set a precedent for future disputes.

Numaga also has a documented history of trying to preserve the destruction of our aboriginal lands. Numaga called the pine nut groves, the Indian’s orchards and asked whites to collect fallen timber instead of cutting down healthy trees. Unfortunately, Numaga’s early advocacy for Mother Earth fell on deaf ears. Translated from the English language, Numaga means “Give Food.” He passed away in 1871 and is buried in the hills near Wadsworth.

Schedule:
Thursday, 9/1 @ 6pm, Numaga Princess Pageant at Hungry Valley Amphitheater
Friday, 9/2 @ 7pm, Pow Wow Grand Entry
Friday, 9/2 @7pm, Hungry Valley Hand Games
Saturday, 9/3 @ 8am, Warrior Mountain Run & Numaga 3 Mile Walk/Run
Saturday, 9/3 @ 1pm, Pow Wow Grand Entry
Saturday, 9/3 @ TBA, Hungry Valley Hand Games
Saturday, 9/3 @ 6pm, Community Feed
Saturday, 9/3 @ 7pm, Pow Wow Grand Entry
Saturday, 9/3 @ about 9pm, Pow Wow Spotlight Special
Sunday, 9/4 @ 12pm, Pow Wow Grand Entry

Event Location
Hungry Valley
105 Loop Road
Sparks, Nevada 89441

Hungry Valley is 7 miles past Spanish Springs High School on Eagle Canyon Drive. For RSIC mapping, go to https://rsic-planning-rsic.hub.arcgis.com

HOST DRUM: POUNDMAKER, Saskatchewan Canada

STAFF
MC: 
Clifton Goodwill (Plains Cree, Ojibwe & Lakota Pasqua First Nations)
HEAD MAN: Muhjuhtheen Roberts (Choctaw, Chickasaw & Stoney/Nakota Tribes)
HEAD WOMAN: Osamuskwasis Roan (Cree & Tsuu T’ina First Nations)
ARENA DIRECTOR: Michael Grant Sr. (Omaha Tribe)
HEAD JUDGE: Shawn Yazzie (Arizona, USA) & Delia Waskewitch (Onion Lake Sask, CAN)

For Additional Powwow Information:
Vendor Info: Jason Stewart, (775) 399-2177 or jasonstewart245@gmail.com
Princess Contest: Klarissa O’Neil, (775)-432-4570

General Info
:
Anita Talancon (775) 338-3723
Lorri Chasing Crow, (775) 437-2166
Antoinette Thayer, (775)-772-9003

Photo & Media Inquiries: Bethany Sam,  (775)-842-2902 or bsam@rsic.org

Numaga Indian Days Pow Wow
The sound of drums fills the air as hundreds of dancers and participants move around the dance arena, using dance styles and steps that match their dance ‘regalia’.

Men will dress and dance in styles such as Northern and Southern Traditional, Fancy Dance, Grass Dance, and Chicken Dance to name those most commonly used.

Women, likewise will dress in cloth and buckskin outfits in both Northern and Southern Traditional styles, Jingle Dance and Fancy Shawl Dance styles. Inside the pow wow circle, the grand entry which features all the performers, begins with more than a hundred dancers grouped by their dress style led by Native American military Veterans.

In between dances, spectators may take their energy to the hand games–traditional gambling that has been played for thousands of years. It is a guessing game involving animal bones and sticks with a background of songs and drums, used to distract the opposing team.

The Numaga Indian Days Pow Wow features more than 50 vendors selling native foods like fry bread and handcrafted bead work and blankets to share their native culture with the outside world.

Your trip to the to beautiful Hungry Valley will be worth it just for the fry bread.

RSIC’s 2022 Primary Voting Recommendations & Polling Locations

Our goal is to inspire Washoe County Native Voters to vote and achieve the highest Native voter turnout in Nevada’s history. #NativeVote2022 

Here are some recommendations for voting in the 2022 Primary Election. The recommendations were compiled from various sources that endorse candidates. Additionally, in staying consistent with the RSIC’s candidate contributions, recommendations are made for incumbents on the Official Democratic Primary Election Ballot for Federal, State, and Non-Partisan Offices that affect Reno Colony and Hungry Valley residents.

Reno Ballot:

Federal Offices:

  • United Sates Senate: Catherine Cortez Masto
  • United States Representative in Congress, District 2: Elizabeth Mercedes Krause

Statewide Partisan Offices:

  • Governor: Steve Sisolak
  • Lieutenant Governor: Elizabeth “Lisa” Cano
  • State Controller: Ellen Spiegel
  • Attorney General: Aaron D. Ford

District Partisan Offices:

  • State Senate, District 13: Richard “Skip” Daly
  • State Assembly, District 24: Sarah Peters
  • County Commission, District 3: Mariluz Garcia

District Non-Partisan Offices:

  • School Board Trustee, District D: Beth Smith
  • School Board Trustee, District F At-Large: Adam Mayberry

Township Non-Partisan Offices:

  • Justice of the Peace, Reno-Verdi, Department 2: Kendra Bertschy

Hungry Valley Ballot:

Federal Offices:

  • United Sates Senate: Catherine Cortez Masto
  • United States Representative in Congress, District 2: Elizabeth Mercedes Krause

Statewide Partisan Offices:

  • Governor: Steve Sisolak
  • Lieutenant Governor: Elizabeth “Lisa” Cano
  • State Controller: Ellen Spiegel
  • Attorney General: Aaron D. Ford

District Non-Partisan Offices:

  • Regent, University of Nevada, District: John Gwaltney
  • School Board Trustee, District C: Joseph “Joe” Rodriguez
  • School Board Trustee, District F At-Large: Adam Mayberry

RSIC POLLING LOCATIONS:

Primary Election Day, Tuesday June 14th, 7am-7pm.

  1.   RSIC Gym: 34 Reservation Road, Reno, NV 89502
    • Same Day Registration (Tribal ID, Driver License, State ID)
    • In-Person Voting
  2. Hungry Valley Gym: 9075 Eagle Canyon Drive, Sparks, NV 89441 
    • Same Day Registration (Tribal ID, Driver License, State ID)
    • In-Person Voting