Tribe members and other area residents are among millions of people nationwide who this year will experience poor air quality because of wildfires.
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In the wake of their battle for equal access to the polls, the Walker River Paiute Tribe has been disappointed by low turnout during early voting — a trend seen across the state so far during the primary.
The residents are locked in a legal battle with the colony council. Colony leaders say the moves are necessary to clean up the neighborhood. Residents call it a thinly-veiled effort to remove them from their homes.
Tribal leaders and the town of Minden announced on Wednesday an agreement to change the time of the daily ‘sundown siren’ once used as a warning for people of color to leave town by nightfall and that has drawn renewed attention amid measures passed by the 2021 Legislature.
The legislation prioritized by Native leaders that cleared the lawmaking session include measures that waive fees at Nevada colleges and universities for Native students; prohibit racially discriminatory language or imagery in schools; and provide environmental protection for sacred sites, among others.
The gathering followed the annual pine nut blessing ceremony, meant to help yield plentiful pine nuts, a traditional food source shared among tribes throughout Nevada, come the fall season. The ceremony and subsequent gathering posed an opportunity for the communities to check in with one another and continue practicing traditions vital to the preservation of their cultures.
But Hansen pushed back on the historical accuracy of the massacres described in Spilsbury’s testimony and by Steele in a letter of support for the bill. During the hearing, Hansen argued that there were anomalies between the testimony and the historical record, including indications that U.S. Cavalry divisions were involved in the 1897 massacre while saying there was no cavalry in the region at that time.
Now, tribal leaders and advocates are focusing their energies on priority issues at the Legislature, such as securing tuition-free higher education for Native students and protections for culturally sacred and environmentally sensitive areas.
Tribal leaders pointed to this history earlier this week during a legislative hearing in the Assembly Committee on Education as they testified in support of AB262, which would waive tuition and fees at Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) institutions, including two-year and four-year schools, for citizens of the state’s 27 tribes. It also would provide in-state tuition for citizens of federally recognized tribes outside of Nevada.
This week’s Indy Environment newsletter looks at a legislative effort to protect a unique population of Rocky Mountain juniper trees in an area known as Bahsahwahbee, or “the sacred water valley” in Shoshone. For Indigenous communities, the area means everything.