US Senate News:
Source: United States Senator for Nevada Cortez Masto
May 12, 2022
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, announced that the Silver State will receive $357,143 and seven Native and Tribal communities in Nevada will receive $557,263 in historic preservation grants through the National Park Service (NPS). Senator Cortez Masto has consistently supported these grants to ensure preservation of tribal sites and cultural traditions in Nevada.
“I’m glad these federal dollars, which I worked to secure, will help provide Tribal communities in Nevada with vital resources to preserve the cultural diversity and history of Native people,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “I will keep fighting in the Senate to protect the cultural heritage of Native people, promote their well-being, and provide tools to help them to build a sustainable future.”
These grants will provide Nevada’s Tribes with opportunities to sustain their cultural heritage through activities like collecting oral histories and providing cultural programing and educational services.
Specifically, these Tribal Historic Preservation Office Preservation Grants will award $557,263 to the following seven tribes across Nevada:
Duckwater Shoshone Tribe
Duckwater Reservation, Nye County
Moapa Band of Paiute Indians
Moapa River Indian Reservation
Fallon Reservation and Colony
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe
Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation, Nixon
Reno Sparks Indian Colony
Walker River Paiute Tribe
Walker River Reservation, Schurz
Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California
As one of the strongest advocates for Native communities in the Senate, Senator Cortez Masto has pushed the administration to do more to protect Native people and preserve their cultural heritage. She has led a resolution to recognize the legacy and contributions of indigenous women across the United States.
In partnership with the Stewart Indian School in Carson City’s efforts to educate Nevadans about the horrific legacy of Indian boarding schools, the senator cosponsored bipartisan legislation last year to establish a formal commission to investigate, document, and acknowledge past injustices of the federal government’s Indian Boarding School Policies and begin healing for these communities. Just this week, the administration issued its first volume on these policies’ devastating impacts on Native communities across the nation.