FRIDAY AT 11:30 AM: Governor Sisolak to speak with media after meeting with Nevada tribal leaders to discuss the Federal Boarding School Initiative

CARSON CITY, NV - December 02, 2021

This Friday, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak will meet with Nevada tribal leaders and elders at Stewart Indian School in Carson City to discuss the Federal Boarding School Initiative launched by the U.S. Department of the Interior earlier this year.

After the meeting, the Governor and tribal leaders will provide a briefing to members of the media.

On Sept. 30, 2021, the U.S. Department of the Interior, announced a new phase of the Federal Boarding School Initiative, a comprehensive review of the troubled legacy of federal boarding school policies. In this phase, Tribal governments will be providing feedback on key issues to the Department of the Interior.

Tribal leaders expected to attend include:

  • Chair Blain Osorio, Stewart Community Council
  • Chair Maxine Redstar, Ft. McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe
  • Chair Serrell Smokey, Washoe Tribe of Nevada & California
  • Chair Amber Torres, Walker River Paiute Nation
  • Chair Jimmy John Thompson, Timbisha Shoshone Tribe
  • Chair Arlan Melendez, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony
  • Chair Ronnie Snooks, Yomba Shoshone Tribe
  • Chair Warren Graham, Duckwater Shoshone Tribe
  • Chair Cathi Tuni, Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe
  • Vice-Chair Elwood Emm, Yerington Paiute Tribe
  • Chair Janet Davis, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe
  • Councilwoman Alfreda Mitre, Las Vegas Paiute Tribe
  • Vice-Chair Greg Anderson, Moapa Band of Paiutes
  • Chair Brian Thomas, Sho-Pai Nation of Duck Valley
  • Chair Debbie George, Lovelock Paiute Tribe

The Stewart Indian School, a federally run boarding school for Native American children in Carson City, was in operation from 1890 to 1980. Thousands of Native American children from more than 200 Tribes in Western states attended the school. The original mission was to forcefully assimilate Native children into American culture.

Below are media availability details:

Governor Sisolak's Media Event after meeting with Nevada Tribal leaders
DATE: Friday, December 3, 2021
TIME:  11:30 A.M.
LOCATION:  Stewart Indian School - 1 Jacobsen Wy, Carson City, NV 89701
Police Officers Standard Training (POST) Building #3 

Media are welcome to attend the event but must RSVP at by Thursday at 5 p.m. Chris Moran, from Travel Nevada, will serve as the on-site media contact on Friday. Her cell is 775-291-6606.



Meghin Delaney
Communications Director