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Vaccines arrive in Indian Country, but are met with hesitancy from some tribal members

January 24th, 2021 - 2:00am
As COVID-19 disproportionately affects Native people across the state and country, Duck Valley Shoshone Paiute tribal member Lynn John knew she needed to act quickly when a mere 100 doses of the Moderna vaccine arrived at the tribal health center.

The fifth annual Women’s March will shift online amid the pandemic, organizers aim to foster healing and strength

January 23rd, 2021 - 2:00am
As the fifth march kicks off virtually this weekend, Nevada organizers are reflecting on what the event means to them amid the pandemic and which issues they are tackling this year, as a new White House administration leads the country.

Southern Nevada apartment rents up, vacancies down in 2020, despite economic toll of pandemic

Signs advertising townhomes
January 21st, 2021 - 2:00am
Southern Nevada apartment rents increased significantly in the last quarter of 2020, rebounding from a decline earlier in the year and surpassing pre-pandemic highs, according to a new report from the Nevada State Apartment Association (NVSAA).

MLK Day virtual festivities remind Nevadans to 'do things of goodwill' towards others

January 19th, 2021 - 2:00am
Nevadans honored King's legacy virtually and in person, with socially distanced volunteer events at local charities and remembrances of Black leaders who have died in the past year.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Nevada leaders reflect on civil rights and the struggle forward

January 18th, 2021 - 2:00am
As the nation pauses to celebrate the life of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., four Nevada leaders spoke to The Nevada Independent about where the country stands in the quest for equality and what’s next to realize King’s vision.

Report: Nevada traffic safety laws among worst in country after car crash fatalities rise in 2020

A police officer stands at the scene of a traffic accident.
January 11th, 2021 - 3:17pm
The number of car crash fatalities in Nevada increased 3.3 percent from 2019 to 2020, despite less traffic and large decreases in the number of deaths in March and May, according to the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety.

Pandemic life spurred more animal adoptions, but economic difficulties remain a concern

January 3rd, 2021 - 2:00am
Animal welfare workers say the increased interest in pet parenthood boils down to companionship. As the pandemic forced humans to stay apart, they longed for a new friend — specifically a creature offering unconditional love.

Best of The Indy: Our favorite stories from 2020

December 31st, 2020 - 2:00am
We told you a lot of stories this year — more than 2,400 by our count — with just a small but dedicated team of reporters, a whip-smart crew of interns and a couple of tireless editors.

PHOTOS: A tumultuous year captured through the lens of a camera

December 30th, 2020 - 2:00am
Our photographers — Jeff Scheid, Daniel Clark and David Calvert — documented a world that would have been difficult, if not impossible, to predict on New Year's Day a year ago. The year started with a heavy political presence in Nevada ahead of the presidential caucus, then veered into a pandemic-induced shutdown by mid-March.

From tents to tiny houses, advocates get creative to address Nevada’s affordable housing shortage

December 27th, 2020 - 2:00am
Housing advocates and various nonprofits are working to address a need that they say cannot be ignored any longer. Their solutions range from a facility offering health care and other services to a tent drive to solve an immediate need for shelter.

For organizers serving immigrant community, pandemic means a pivot back to the basics

December 26th, 2020 - 2:00am
The pandemic has brought all new challenges. Although Make The Road Nevada is still fighting for its policy goals, it has sharpened its focus to meeting more basic and immediate needs — making sure people have food and shelter at a time when many immigrants are left out of government aid packages.

With visits suspended, families release balloons to show support for Nevada prisoners

December 25th, 2020 - 2:00am
Outside of Florence McClure Women’s Correctional Center in Las Vegas on Thursday, volunteers with the nonprofit LEAFE, which supports formerly incarcerated people, unleashed a rainbow of balloons into the overcast sky.

Decades of segregation and mistrust complicate efforts to rekindle vibrant history of Las Vegas' Historic Westside

December 20th, 2020 - 2:00am
Two efforts to achieve this goal — one led by community organizers and the other by the City of Las Vegas — are running concurrently, sometimes aligning, sometimes colliding. Both groups are aiming to incorporate the neighborhood in their work, but a history of racism and tension between the city and the Historic Westside has made community members skeptical of the city's intentions and wary of their plans.

Investigation of library’s ‘Black Lives Matter’ statement finds librarian did not violate policy; report says increased communication necessary

December 11th, 2020 - 2:00am
Estimates for the cost of the investigation range from $20,000 to $30,000. Though the county did not immediately answer inquiries about the final bill from the attorneys, the two entities were authorized to spend up to $40,000.

Financial regulators take another step toward payday lending database adoption, months after deadline

The exterior of a MoneyTree branch
December 10th, 2020 - 2:00am
Members of Nevada’s Financial Institutions Division — the regulatory body that oversees activities and certification of payday and other high-interest lenders — on Wednesday approved draft regulations that fully flesh out details of the database and what kind of information it will collect.

PHOTOS: Volunteers attempt to spread joy ahead of a pandemic-era Thanksgiving

November 26th, 2020 - 2:00am
Before the feasting and thanks-filled day arrived, volunteers and organizations across Southern Nevada tried to ease any silent burdens people may be carrying by providing meals to anyone in need.

PHOTOS: Nonprofit completes the circle of life for food grown in Northern Nevada

November 25th, 2020 - 7:35am
Through two CARES Act grants from the Nevada Department of Agriculture, Reno Food Systems has launched a program to help connect Nevada farmers and ranchers with the hungriest members of the Northern Nevada community.

Catholic Charities opens new dining pavilion in time for Thanksgiving meals and to provide shelter from cold weather

November 25th, 2020 - 2:00am
On Thursday at 10 a.m., Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada will open the gate to its brand new dining pavilion and welcome hundreds of Nevada’s homeless people to check their belongings for safekeeping, wash their hands, and sit down to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal.

Organizers believe Nevada Native turnout was historic, despite gaps in exit poll data

November 20th, 2020 - 2:00am
Tribal leaders moved into the 2020 general election campaign season with the same goal held by other organizers — to achieve high voter turnout and elevate the voices and concerns of their fellow community members.

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