Special Guest Santa Claus Visits Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe
The Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribal Christmas Dinner was held on Saturday, December 17, 2016, with over 400 people in attendance. The tribe provided Christmas Ham and Turkey, while community members brought side dishes, salads and desserts. Chairman Len George did the welcoming, Rev. Ernie Hooper did the blessing and Roy Redner was the MC. The dinner was served by Chairman George, Jon Pishion, Laura Ijames, Yvonne Mori, Natalie Pacheco, Steve Austin, Chief Emerson and his wife Stacy Gonzales. After dinner, special guest Santa Claus gave a gift to children up to 17 years of age. There was a raffle with big winners Jim Christie and Stan Hooper winning the flat screen TV sets. The Stillwater Church handed out candy bags to everyone who attended as they were leaving. A special thanks to Nora Esparza who delivered meals to the homebound seniors, Senior Center who contributed a cake as well as cooking 8 hams for the event. Walking Shield donated gifts to the event and several seniors volunteered to wrap gifts, Suzie Hicks, Loretta Burden, Joan Downs, Sharon Williams and Gloria Johnny. A big thank you to Michelle Oldfield, Chantelle Johnson, Joe Herman, Stan Hooper, Jeremiah Brown, Denea Moyle-Zulz, Jackie Conway, Cody Downs and Myndee Darcy who worked hard to ensure the event went smoothly. If there was anyone who was inadvertently not mentioned, we apologize, we appreciate everyone who worked hard because it takes so many volunteers to make a great event.
National Wreath Across America Day, December 16, 2017
Our servicemen and women sacrifice their time and safety every single day of the year to preserve our freedoms. The Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe placed remembrance wreaths on the headstones of veterans graves at the Fallon Tribal Cemetery. The green wreaths, each with a red bow are a gesture of gratitude. The wreaths placed at the Tribal Cemetery were among more than 900,000 wreaths placed at over 1,000 locations nationwide. Tribal Secretary Laura Ijames stated, “It was an honor to be a part of the wreath-laying ceremony to remember the lives of our veterans.”
Voc. Rehab in Indian Country
On Tuesday, December 6, Anna L. Bateman, FPST Vocational Rehabilitation Program Manager held a meeting, Voc. Rehab in Indian Country, at the Tribal Health Center. Guest Speaker Rachel Allen, Delaware Nation Director of Vocational Rehabilitation from Oklahoma shared her experience as a Voc. Rehab Counselor and Director with over 15 years of experience. She shared history of Tribal VR. and gave examples of cases, services, eligibility examples and successful closures.
The purpose of the VR program is to provide VR Services to American Indians with disabilities who reside on or near Federal or State Reservations, consistent with their individual strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, and informed choice, so that they may prepare for and engage in gainful employment, including self-employment, telecommuting, and business ownership.
TVRs were originally demonstration grants that lasted 3 years and now TVRs compete every 5 years. They were brought about due to the state VR not reaching out to tribal communities, though they are supposed to be served like any other population. Additionally, those individuals from tribal communities who did participate were generally not receiving the services they needed to be successful and were not served in a culturally or culturally competent way. There are currently 89 TVR programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Services Administration. If you meet the criteria you may contact Anna Bateman at 775-428-2250.
This questionnaire is designed to help Churchill County, the City of Fallon and the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of Fallon, NV identify the community’s concerns about natural and human caused hazards. The questionnaire should be completed by an adult, preferably the property owner or the head of the household. All individual responses are strictly confidential and are for research purposes only. This questionnaire consist of 7 questions and will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.