Reno, Nev. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement after touring the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation with the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Council:
“I thank the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Council and the Pyramid Lake Paiute people for their warm welcome to their community today. I had the great opportunity to learn more about the Paiute people’s history, culture, and current affairs during my tour of the museum and visitors’ center—in addition to learning more about the community’s efforts to protect and conserve Pyramid Lake. Nevada is fortunate for having a robust Native American community. We cannot forget that the Pyramid Lake Paiute people and other Native peoples have been calling Nevada home for thousands of years. We owe a great deal to these communities for their countless contributions in shaping who we are as Nevadans today. In the U.S. Senate and as a member of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, I will continue working in partnership with the Pyramid Lake Paiute community and other Native communities in Nevada to ensure that they have a voice at the table.”
During her visit, Senator Cortez Masto congratulated the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe’s Museum and Visitor Center on receiving a $50,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The grant will be used to collect oral history interviews from tribal wisdom-keepers, develop digital stories, and supplement museum displays and exhibits. The funds will also provide opportunities to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge through strengthened activities in areas such as exhibitions, educational services and programming, professional development, and collections stewardship.