Profile of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony People
Three Nations – One Tribe
The Numa, Washeshu, Newe
The people that inhabited the Great Basin prior to the European invasion were the Numu , Washeshu, the Newe, and the Nuwuvi. In each language these names meant “the People” ; and in the special way of Native persons, the People recognized their very special place on Earth and in Life cycles.
They lived a “well planned, time proven way in their environment…”, there could be no wasted time, no aimless wandering, no guessing. That they “roamed” in small bands was not aimless organization; in fact, it was a well thought out means of survival. Each group evolved in such a manner to provide an efficient social and economic unit that could comfortably inhabit the Land unto which they had been placed.
They lived in cycles with the season of the land. The Washeshu gathered annually at Lake Tahoe, dispersing several hundred miles radius throughout the remainder of the year. The Numu, taking their band names from their main food staples or geographic spot, occupied the land strip known as Western Nevada, Eastern Nevada, Eastern Oregon, and Southern Idaho. The Newe were to be found in what is today Eastern Nevada, Utah, and Southern California. The Nuwuvi inhabited the Colorado River Basin where they farmed corn, squash, wheat, and beans.
To each group, the animals of the Great Basin had given insight onto creation and the wisdom how to live. Though each group spoke a different language, Washo, a Hokoan derivative; the others, dialects of Uto-Aztecan origin, they understood and respected the lifestyles of the other immediate groups and other tribes with whom they came in contact. In fact, much trade and commerce occurred among the original inhabitants of the North American continent. War occurred when economic necessities forced a group to raid or confiscate the resources of another group.
The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony has committed itself to recruit skilled and highly motivated employees and retain staff by providing fair compensation, opportunities for career development, and a professional work environment, which enhances expression of their talents and energies. The RSIC is a federally recognized tribal government whose principal activity is the economic and social advancement of its people. The RSIC government and its entities recognize the responsibility to serve the community, which sustains its. As employees to the RSIC, we are committed to the provision of services and the performance of our respective duties in a fiscally responsible manner without favor to one over another.
Three Tribes, One Nation
The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony was established in the early 1900’s and formed a federally recognized government in 1934 under the Indian Reorganization Act. Located in Reno, Nev., the RSIC consists of 1,134 members from three Great Basin Tribes – the Paiute, the Shoshone and the Washoe. The reservation lands consist of the original 28-acre Colony located in central west Reno and another 1,920 acres in Hungry Valley, which is 19 miles north of the Colony and west of Spanish Springs, Nev., nestled in scenic Eagle Canyon.
The RSIC is a vibrant, expanding organization which balances our traditional teachings and rich culture with contemporary business methods and innovative governmental practices. We employ more than 300 people; more than 150 are our own tribal members. Our vision is for a strong community that promotes and encourages individual spiritual, physical and emotional health to foster a long, abundant and prosperous life, which will lead to personal, family and community responsibility and prosperity. – less