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Gov. Sisolak proclaims Oct. 12 Indigenous People’s Day in Nevada

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Posted at 10:26 AM, Oct 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-12 21:35:51-04

CARSON CITY (KTNV) — Gov. Sisolak has proclaimed Oct. 12 Indigenous People’s Day in Nevada.

The proclamation recognizes the Paiutes, Shoshone and Washoe nations as early inhabitants of the Great Basin, and his office says it reiterates the state’s commitment to close the equity gap between indigenous people and the larger population.

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Indigenous People’s Day in Nevada comes on the heels of Native American Day in Nevada on Sept. 25.

Stacey Montooth, Nevada Indian Commission executive director, said in a press release:

“These specially designated days offer us in Nevada’s American Indian community the opportunity to share our culture and artistry, and highlight the ways in which American Indians contribute to American culture as a whole."

Learn more about Nevada’s American Indian tribes by visiting the website of Nevada Indian Territory. The group, which promotes cultural tourism, has a video showcasing the state’s various tribes; check it out here.

The Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum in Carson City, now open Monday through Friday, is another way to connect with local American Indian history and culture. The museum, once the site of a former federal boarding school for Native American children, showcases the efforts of Nevada tribes to revitalize their languages and cultural traditions.