Las Vegas, Nev. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, announced $783,252 coming to Tribal communities in Nevada for the preservation of cultural sites and traditions. This funding was awarded through the National Park Service to ensure Tribes and communities across the country can preserve their unique customs, languages, and cultures. Cortez Masto also announced an additional $1,037,725 for Nevada state preservation grants to help preserve historic properties across the Silver State.
“I will always work with Tribal Nations in Nevada to ensure the conservation of their rich histories and cultures,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “I am proud to have fought for these funds, which are critical to making sure Tribal customs and practices live on in future generations.”
These National Park Service grants will allow Tribes across Nevada to further their preservation through means such as comprehensive preservation studies, education programs, review and compliance activities, and archeological and architectural surveys.
The awards will be distributed as follows:
- $108,783 to the Duckwater Shoshone Tribe of the Duckwater Reservation
- $113,189 to the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians of Moapa River Indian Reservation
- $102,078 to the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe
- $128,937 to the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe
- $104,721 to the Reno Sparks Indian Colony
- $125,569 to the Walker River Paiute Tribe of the Walker River Reservation
- $99,975 to the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California
Senator Cortez Masto has been a strong advocate on behalf of Tribes in Nevada and across the country. Understanding the importance of preserving Native heritage, she has worked to protect and support Tribal languages. The Senator has continuously highlighted the ongoing crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW), and she was instrumental in passing Not Invisible Act and Savanna’s Act into law. Most recently, she introduced the Bridging Agency Data Gaps & Ensuring Safety (BADGES) for Native Communities Act to address federal inefficiencies that hurt Bureau of Indian Affairs law enforcement recruitment and retention, increase the effectiveness of federal missing persons resources, and give Tribes and states resources to combat the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.