Native Nevada (2021) Nevada Public Radio presents an eight-part podcast series on the culture, issues, and perseverance of Nevada's Indigenous Peoples. This series was made possible, in part, by the financial support of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
Native Nevada

Native Nevada (2021)

From Nevada Public Radio

Nevada Public Radio presents an eight-part podcast series on the culture, issues, and perseverance of Nevada's Indigenous Peoples. This series was made possible, in part, by the financial support of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

Most Recent Episodes

Chapter 8: The Missing

Native women experience personal violence at rates exponentially higher than other groups. Why?

Chapter 7: 'Our Relatives'

LGBTQ-plus people were once integral parts of Indigenous communities. Colonization — and the introduction of Christianity — changed that. In this episode, hear about some Natives who are reclaiming their identities.

Chapter 6: The Artivists

Past episodes have examined how Natives persist through oppression. In this episode, we hear from a group of people whose life's work is resistance: activists who spread their message through art.

Chapter 5: The Homelands

Indigenous peoples' connection to their ancestral homelands and Americans' concept of "public lands" intersect — or collide — when those lands are under threat of development and proposed for government protection.

Chapter 4: The Students

Native students at Nevada's two land-grant universities feel they aren't getting the support they need. Among those working to change that are Ryan Boone, UNLV student and former president of the Native American Student Association; Abby Bennett, UNR Student and president of the Indigenous Student Organization; William Bauer, director of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program at UNLV; and Saundra Mitrovich, a Civic Engagement Associate in the National Congress of American Indians. This episode looks at what they are doing, and what remains to be done.

Chapter 3: The Teachers

Native educators from around the state have banded together to tackle problems plaguing K-12 education, from a lack of student data being shared with tribes, to the erasure and misrepresentation of Natives in elementary curricula.

Chapter 2: The People From Here

In August 2020, an offensively named public agency in a small town near Lake Tahoe voted unanimously to change its name to Olympic Valley Public Service District. Its namesake ski resort is also dropping the racial slur from its name, though it hasn't picked a new one yet (as of production time). In this episode, we explore the violent history contained in the "S-word," what led to getting rid of it, and how the change opens a door to healing for the Washoe people driven from their ancestral lands.

Chapter 1: The Water Protectors

In the spring of 2020, the Southern Nevada Water Authority dropped its plan to pump hundreds of thousands of acre-feet of groundwater from Eastern Nevada and pipe it 300 miles south to Las Vegas. Opponents of the plan, including several Native tribes, believed the project would have depleted precious water sources. There were many efforts to stop that project in the decades it was on the table. In this episode, we look at one that was by Indigenous people for Indigenous people: a 330-mile prayer run inspired by similar events objecting to the Dakota Access Pipeline and the reduction of Bears Ears National Monument.