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Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Language and Culture Program

For the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, preserving cultural traditions involves every generation. Along with capturing the memories of elders, they must also compete for the attention of Native American kids living in a modern world. That’s why there’s powwow club. Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss has more for the final segment of our series Taking Back History. 

About a dozen dancers, mostly teens, are in their gym clothes building up a sweat as they furiously step to the beat. They’re getting a workout, but it’s more than that.

Artown: Opening Night And Highlights

Jun 30, 2015
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The City of Reno presents the 20th year of Artown this July.  The month-long festival kicks off on Wednesday, July 1st at Wingfield Park.  Danna O’Connor has a preview with Beth MacMillan, executive director of Artown.

KUNR is pleased to again be an Artown Festival Media Sponsor.  You can hear updates and event information throughout the month here on Reno Public Radio. 

RSIC Language and Culture Program

Like many Native American tribes across the country, the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony is in a critical state of language loss. Only a handful of colony elders can speak the Great Basin languages of Paiute, Washoe, and Shoshone.

For our series “Taking Back History,” Reno Public Radio’s Michelle Bliss looks at how the colony is trying to save these languages and why they haven’t been passed down. 

 

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Sherry Rupert heads the Nevada Indian Commission and has been working for the past decade to preserve the site of the Stewart Indian School in Carson City. Thanks to some of the laws passed during this recent legislative session, the project is now getting support and funding. To tell us more about the school and its history, Rupert spoke to Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss.  

A new law passed after the recent legislative session will cut down on the routine shackling of children in Nevada courtrooms. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

Nevada has joined a growing national movement to rethink what's called presumptive shackling of kids in court. Dr. Shawn Marsh is with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, based in Reno. He's seen children as young as ten in handcuffs, shackles, and belly chains.

Esther Ciammachilli

Starting July 1, Nevada will offer health insurance for transgender-related medical care, including hormone therapy, gender reassignment surgery and mental health counseling. All are deemed medically necessary by the American Medical Association. Until now, these procedures haven’t been covered for public employees, like Jamie, a former state trooper.

From the time she was four years old, Jamie knew she was transgender.

The Truckee Meadows Water Authority is now using drought reserves to meet customer demand.

Usually, surface water from the Truckee River provides 90 percent of what area customers use, but since river flows are so low, the authority has now tapped into its upstream drought reserves in Boca Reservoir. 

"We actually anticipated being in this position several weeks ago," says Bill Hauck, senior hydrologist for the agency, "but the rain we had in May brought a significant amount of rainfall which found its way to the river. It basically enhanced our supply by several weeks."

Esther Ciammachilli

There’s been a lot of talk lately about transgender issues, after the recent transition of Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner. There are several treatments a person receives while transitioning - such as voice therapy - in order to help them sound more like the gender they are becoming. Today on the University of Nevada School of Medicine Health Watch, we’re talking about the Trans Voice and Communication Clinic offered by the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of Nevada, Reno. Our guests are Rachael Walden, clinical director for this department and Dr.

There's a need for almost 400 nursing home beds for veterans across the state. That's according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. As that need continues to grow, Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that momentum and funding are also growing for the first veterans nursing home in Northern Nevada. 

Nevada Humanities Festival and Chautauqua 2015

Jun 19, 2015

The Nevada Humanities Festival and Chautauqua kicks off tonight and runs through the 26th.  Details and tickets at www.nevadahumanities.org.  The theme of the festival is "The Wilderness."  Danna O'Connor chats with Karen Wikander, program manager for Nevada Humanities.

 

  

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