Washoe chairwoman to be honored at awards banquet
Washoe Tribe Chairwoman Wanda Batchelor will be named American Indian community leader of the year at the 2011 American Indian Achievement Awards Banquet and Silent Auction 5 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Governor’s Mansion in Carson City.
Batchelor was selected by the Nevada Indian Commission Executive Board for her exemplary leadership. She is the Tribe’s first female leader and has been very active in the preservation of cultural and traditional interests for tribes and tribal interests on the state and federal level.
The banquet is the first statewide effort to recognize those individuals in the state that have influenced the lives of American Indians.
Gov. Brian Sandoval proclaimed November as American Indian Heritage Month.
“I congratulate the recipients of this year’s awards at the American Indian Achievement Award Banquet,” Sandoval said. “I applaud the award winners for their leadership and commitment to preserving the American Indian community in Nevada.”
Nevada Indian Commission Chairman Ted Quasula said last year’s American Indian Achievement Awards ceremony was a success.
The Indian Commission’s mission is to ensure the well being of American Indian citizens statewide through development and enhancement of the government to government relationship between the State of Nevada and Indian Tribes and through education for a greater cultural understanding of the state’s first citizens. The commission was established in 1965 to be the conduit between the governor and the 27 federally-recognized Nevada tribes.
“Each and every one of this year’s recipients is well deserved. They all have shown remarkable leadership and achievement,” said Sherry Rupert, Executive Director of the Commission. “We are very pleased to be able to honor these 4 individuals during American Indian Heritage month.”
Also being honored are Sheryl Hicks of the Walker River Paiute Tribe who was named American Indian youth services/role model of the year for her commitment and dedication to the advancement of American Indian youth in Nevada and her assistance in developing the first Paiute language course within the Washoe County School District.
The American Indian youth ambassador of the year is 10-year-old John Rupert, a descendent of the Duck Valley Shoshone-Paiute Tribe and the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California, for his outstanding leadership, academic achievement, cultural knowledge and being a positive role model for other American Indian youth.
Contributor or supporter of the year is Hilman Tobey, 96, of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, for his lifelong contribution to the American Indian traditional way of life. His knowledge of the traditional culture of Nevada’s Tribes and traditional American Indian arts has served to educate the public and his community about Northern Nevada.
Gayle Johnson, a Bishop Paiute Tribal member, will provide the evening’s entertainment with all proceeds from the evening benefiting the Stewart Indian Cultural Center.
For information on the Nevada Indian Commission and the Achievement Awards Banquet visit http://www.nic.nv.gov and for more information on the Stewart Indian Cultural Center please visit http://www.StewartIndianSchool.com