After 31 years as chairman and 36 years on the tribal council, Melendez retired Dec. 13. During his time in office, Melendez and the tribal council significantly expanded the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony’s land, made strides in tribal health care and created a unique tax system that is known across Indian Country as the “Nevada system.”
The Not Invisible Act Commission, which included former Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe leader Janet Davis, began holding hearings in February and, on Nov. 1, released a 212-page report with urgent recommendations for Congress and the executive branch to address the violence, abuse and neglect that commissioners said Indian Country has suffered.
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Public health experts contend the role Noneo and others like her fill is an integral part of ensuring people receive the care they need, especially for chronic illnesses, by helping close gaps in areas with medical provider shortages.
Stewart Community, part of the Washoe Tribe and located south of Carson City, is working on a historic $14 million affordable housing development — the largest housing project the tribe has ever taken on.
Owyhee residents traveled more than 400 miles to attend the signing of AB519, a bill that provides almost $65 million for a new school on tribal land and requires Elko County to apply more property tax revenue to school buildings.
Even though lawmakers in 2021 unanimously passed AB88, a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Howard Watts (D-Las Vegas) that prohibited “sundown sirens,” or sounds citywide to alert people of color to leave town by a certain time, the town of Minden still sounds a siren at 5 p.m.
“The responsible expansion of the Navy’s Fallon Range Training Complex has been a major priority of the Navy for years,” Cortez Masto said. “I knew how vital this compromise was to both our national security and to the local economies and Tribal nations.”
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.