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Moapa Band of Paiutes Presenting a history and brushing the surface of the Moapa People.
Moapa Band of Paiutes The Moapa people reside on the Moapa River Reservation 58 miles North from the Greater Las Vegas Area 58 miles North from the Greater Las Vegas Area Recognized Indian tribe on April 17, 1942 Recognized Indian tribe on April 17, the tribal lands consisted of 2 million acres 1874 the tribal lands consisted of 2 million acres 1876 they were reduced to a 15 hundred acres 1876 they were reduced to a 15 hundred acres 1980, an additional 70,000 acres were providedTotal: 71, , an additional 70,000 acres were providedTotal: 71,954
Tribal Council Members: William Anderson – Chairman Eric Lee – Vice Chairman Anthony Frank- Tribal Secretary Aletha Tom- Tribal Council Member Deloras Simmons-Tribal Council Member Richard Fisher– Tribal Council Member Governed by Tribal Council 325 current enrolled members
Moapa’s Business Enterprise Moapa Band of Paiutes Travel Plaza Moapa Band of Paiutes Travel Plaza K-Road Solar Project (process of construction) Moapa Farm Moapa Band of Paiutes Business Administration Building & Tribal Store
Moapa’s Departments Moapa Social Services Moapa Vocational Rehabilitation Environmental Department (includes air/water quality & waste) Education Specialist Department Moapa Education Center (MESC) Moapa Police Department Moapa Tribal Courts Senior Center Olivia Tom Headstart Program Irene Benn Medical Center Olivia Tom Headstart Program Moapa Education Center (MESC) Senior Center Irene Benn Medical Center Moapa Police Department Also houses: Tribal Courts Social Services & Education Specialists
Moapa Vocational Rehabilitation Offices Moapa Location Las Vegas Location
Successful Consumer Businesses on the Reservation Styles By Stephanie Wash My Pony Owner: Stephanie Osborne Owner: Ural Begay
History of the Moapa people Referred as Moapats (moe- pats) & the Nuwuvi (nu- wovie) Referred as Moapats (moe- pats) & the Nuwuvi (nu- wovie) Adapted by: farming, hunting, and gathering. Adapted by: farming, hunting, and gathering. Strong with traditional beliefs and funeral sings Strong with traditional beliefs and funeral sings Highly devoted to bloodline and family ties Highly devoted to bloodline and family ties Slowly deteriorating native language Slowly deteriorating native language
Historical Life of Moapa Basketry Basketry Cradle boards Cradle boards Cooking stones Cooking stones Seed beaters Seed beaters Made gourdes (rattles) Made gourdes (rattles) Use in animal skins & medicinal uses for plants Use in animal skins & medicinal uses for plants
Living Quarters of the Moapa People: A Wikiup Real Time photo of their wikiup shack like homes Photo of a wikiup* Pronounced: Wik-i-up Traditionally made with willow and young cottonwood which form into a hut.
Meaning of Moapa Pronounced:Moe-Ah-Pa Pa: Meaning water Some dispute over the initial meaning being “spinning water” or “bitter water” by current elders. Pictured: Topsy Swain
Hope Lies Behind These Bars A True success Story
My Name is Kevin Norton Born in California Born in California Raised on 2 Reservations Raised on 2 Reservations Hopi/Sho-Pqai Hopi/Sho-Pqai Hopi Tribal Member Hopi Tribal Member 15 years incarceration 15 years incarceration
First Arrival at the VR Office First impressions of VR: What is this place? I arrived with the clothes on my back. Ex-felons have gone through a variety of programs supposedly “rehabing them.” I thought this was another hoop for me to jump with no result, boy was I wrong. Process of VR: If I want freedom I can have it, informed choice. My VR counselor reemed my mind with that. It’s on you now I will provide the tools to get you where you want to be, if you want that. Well I did and still do. This is not an easy program and it took a lot of work, research, planning and commitment to get me to where I was supposed to be. But she (my counselor ) would not take no for an answer and never gave in to me even when I wanted too. But after all that I made it, thanks Moapa VR.
Personal Struggle Disability: I have been a substance/alcohol abuser for most of my life. This is what contributed to my many years behind bars. I am not the same person under the influence. Feelings of fear and anxiety plagued me upon my release, which I now know was PTSD. Bottom line is I do not and di not want to die in prison. I have things to do here in this world. A chance is all I needed.
Redtail Tree Service Kevin Norton continues to thrive and offers a great example to many Native’s interested in becoming self employed. Through Kevin’s business he has the capability to help and inspire people who are now facing the obstacles he once faced. Kevin is no longer a labeled a ex-felon in the eyes of his peers, he is now a successful man with his own business living in society.
The Man In Action
Work & Finished Product
No Fear As a woman counselor FEAR was a factor I had to overcome in dealing with an ex-felon, men might feel the same. It’s an unknown for a lot of people, prison life and/or dealing with people released from the prison system. Trust Grandfather will guide you through and if it is meant to be it will BE! Leave the stigma’s you have learned behind and give the person a chance. As a woman counselor FEAR was a factor I had to overcome in dealing with an ex-felon, men might feel the same. It’s an unknown for a lot of people, prison life and/or dealing with people released from the prison system. Trust Grandfather will guide you through and if it is meant to be it will BE! Leave the stigma’s you have learned behind and give the person a chance. Fear feeling of anxiety: an unpleasant feeling of anxiety or apprehension caused by the presence or anticipation of danger frightening thought: an idea, thought, or other entity that causes feelings of fear reverence: respect or awe for somebody or something Synonyms: terror, dread, anxiety, horror, distress, fright, panic, alarm, trepidation, apprehensionterrordreadanxiety horrordistressfrightpanicalarm trepidationapprehension
Acceptance Remember to remind these men and women that they are important and not just a number to us Remember to remind these men and women that they are important and not just a number to us Incorporate traditional practices ej: smuding, attending Pow wow’s, sweats and talking to an Elder an hour a week! (this works they come back in amazement with what of some our elders tell them, I make it a requirement to receive services) Incorporate traditional practices ej: smuding, attending Pow wow’s, sweats and talking to an Elder an hour a week! (this works they come back in amazement with what of some our elders tell them, I make it a requirement to receive services) Be strong and staight forward, set the guidelines before even meeting, know your client. Be strong and staight forward, set the guidelines before even meeting, know your client.
Partnerships You know the saying, “ It’s not what you know but who you know.” This is true, and we do not want to sacrafice anymore to the government, but we must conform for just that moment to fully help our consumer’s in this position. Urban or Reservation offices, here are some resources I try to utilize in both offices: Chamber of Commerces Prominment businesses or business owners Other non profit agencies Other Tribes Consumer’s suggestions on who’s hiring Just to name a few……………
PTSD On personal expierence I don’t think I have dealt with one ex-felon that does not suffer from this. Famaliarize yourself with this disability if you have not when helping ex felons coping with On personal expierence I don’t think I have dealt with one ex-felon that does not suffer from this. Famaliarize yourself with this disability if you have not when helping ex felons coping with Freedom. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a type of anxiety disorder. It can occur after you have gone through an extreme emotional trauma that involved the threat of injury or death. anxiety disorder
PTSD can occur at any age. It can occur after events such as: Assault Car accidents Domestic abuse Natural disasters Prison stay Rape Terrorism War
There are three types of PTSD symptoms: 1. Reliving the event, which disturbs day-to-day activity Flashback episodes in which the event seems to be happening again and again Repeated upsetting memories of the event Repeated nightmares of the event Strong, uncomfortable reactions to situations that remind you of the event 2. Avoidance Emotional numbing or feeling as though you do not care about anything Feeling detached Not able to remember important parts of the event Not interested in normal activities Showing less of your moods Avoiding places, people, or thoughts that remind you of the event Feeling like you have no future 3. Hyperarousal Always scanning your surroundings for signs of danger (hypervigilance) Not able to concentrate Startling easily Feeling irritable or having outbursts of anger Trouble falling or staying asleep You may feel guilt about the event, including survivor guilt
Sources: Moapa Band of Paiutes. "Moapa Paiutes, Moapa Travel Plaza, Fireworks, Las Vegas." Moapa Paiutes, Moapa Travel Plaza, Fireworks, Las Vegas. MRG Design & Aztec Communication, Web. 11 June Historical information about the Moapa Band of Paiutes was shared by an elder of the Moapa Band Community, Olivia Tom. All current photographs taken by Ashly Osborne. Antique photographs provided by Moapa Band of Paiutes Photograph of the Tribal Chairman William Anderson provided by the Sierra Club Image of the single wikiup was provided by Nathan Cowlishaw’s blog - All Redtail photographs are provided by Kevin Norton Ram provided by Clipart. Bing Dictionary. U.S. National Library of Medicine - The World's Largest Medical Library U.S. National Library of Medicine - The World's Largest Medical Library Slide Show written/created by Kena Adams and Ashly Osborne, Moapa Band of Paiutes Vocational Rehabilitation.