Our mission

The Office of Indigenous Relations builds strong community connections, provides funding and resources, and creates supportive and culturally inclusive environments for Indigenous students, faculty, and communities.

Our communities
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Projects and programs

Six graduates pose for pictures on stage at the 2023 Affinity Graduation Celebration.

Congratulations to our graduates!

The Indigenous Graduate Celebration was held May 4, 2023 in the JCSU Ballroom. Spring Commencement ceremonies took place May 18-20, 2023.

Daphne Emm Hooper and Rochanne Downs on campus in May 2023.

Nevada tribes continue to seek repatriation of ancestral remains

The University's Director of Indigenous Relations, Daphne Emm Hooper, and NAGPRA Liaison Rochanne Downs were featured in an article from The Nevada Independent about the state's efforts to repatriate ancestral remains.

(Photo credit: David Calvert/The Nevada Independent) 

Our communities

Nevada is home to the Great Basin Tribes of the Numu (Northern Paiute), Newe (Western Shoshone), Nuwu (Southern Paiute) and the Wašiw (Washoe). These communities are comprised of 28 separate reservations, bands, colonies, and community councils.

Are you looking to work with a Tribe?

If you would like to work with a Tribe on a program or research, please coordinate through our office and we will guide you through the process.

Latest news

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Faces of the Pack: Travis Numan

Ph.D. student Travis Numan talks about his research on water rights, growing up on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation and the Native American Fee Waiver

Andrew Tobey posing in front of Pyramid Lake.

Learning and leading through Nevada INBRE Tribal Academy of Health and Science

Helping Native American students succeed in science and health occupations through mentorship and guidance

A group of fifteen students poses inside a building, holding up the Wolf Pack hand sign.

First Native LEAD program brings Indigenous students from around the state to campus, encouraging pursuit of higher education

Students from seven Native American Tribal communities stayed on campus for a week, meeting professors and learning about Wolf Pack resources


Land acknowledgement

We acknowledge that the University of Nevada, Reno is situated on the traditional homelands of the Numu (Northern Paiute), Wašiw (Washoe), Newe (Western Shoshone), and Nuwu (Southern Paiute) peoples. These lands continue to be a gathering place for Indigenous Peoples and we recognize their deep connections to these places. We extend our appreciation for the opportunity to live and learn on their territory.