The Washoe Tribal Gaming Commission (WTGC) is currently seeking letters of interest to fill a Commissioner at Large seat on the WTGC. This recruitment will close on Monday, March 2nd, 2015 at 5:00 P.M.

Role of the WTGC:

The WTGC is the Tribe’s regulatory body that will enforce applicable tribal, state and federal laws as related to gaming, including but not limited to, the requirements of the Tribal – State Gaming Compact with the State of Nevada, Title 21 and Title 37 of the Washoe Law & Order Code, the Indian Regulatory Act, and the Minimum Internal Controls Standards adopted by the WTGC and the National Indian Gaming Commission.

Duties & Responsibilities:

The Commissioner-At-Large shall act as the Secretary in his or her absence and must perform such other duties as are properly designated by the WTGC’s Chairperson.

Qualifications Set forth in Title 21:

    • At least a majority of the Commissioners shall be Washoe Tribal members, Members of the Council may serve as Commissioners of the WTGC.

  • At least one Commissioner must be selected with special reference to training and experience in the fields of investigation, or law. At least one Commissioner shall be chosen with special reference to training and experience in the fields of accounting, finance, economics, or commercial Gaming. At least one Commissioner shall be chosen with special reference to training or experience in public or business administration.

  • No Person may be appointed to the WTGC unless the Tribal Council is satisfied that the Person has no interest in any private Gaming activity on the Washoe Reservation or any activity which may have interests in conflict with the lawful and effective regulation of gaming operations on the Washoe Reservation.

  • When chosen, selected person must submit to and be able to pass a background check to the same level as that required of employees as set forth in Title 21-70-20.

Appointment Term:

The appointment to the WTGC is three year term from the date of appointment by the Washoe Tribal Council.

Appointment Process:

  • The WTGC will review the submissions, possibly hold interviews, and then will submit recommendations(s) to the Tribal Council.
  • Tribal Council makes a final selection at a Tribal Council meeting and officially appoints the individual by resolution.

Letter of Interest Submission:

Please submit a letter of interest describing why he or she should be selected and a Resume.

Submit all documents to:

Washoe Tribe of NV and CA
ATTENTION:  Washoe Tribal Gaming Commission
919 Hwy 395 South
Gardnerville, NV 89410
Fax: (775) 265-6240

Any Questions Contact:

Mahlon J. Machado                                                 Gordon Forrester

Chairman                                                              Vice Chairman

Washoe Tribal Gaming Commission                             Washoe Tribal Gaming Commission

(775) 309-7705                                                     (775) 781-0496

Meeks Bay Resort

Kehlet1The Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California operates the Meeks Bay Resort on the Western shore of Lake Tahoe.  Many consider it the most beautiful location on the famously beautiful lake.

The Resort has its own website; www.meeksbayresort.com.   Click on the link or on the picture at the left to visit the site.

Wa She Shu It Deh Festival

dancers1 The Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California hosts the annual Wa She Shu It Deh Arts and Crafts Festival at Vallhalla, Lake Tahoe California.

This famous festival is traditionally held on the last weekend of July every year and will be next held July 25 and July 26th of 2015.

Be sure to save the date!

As the Wašiw creation story goes, the people were brought to their homeland surrounding Lake Tahoe by Gewe. (the coyote) and told that this is the place the Wašiw people were meant to be by Nentašu. Nentašu then told all of the plants, medicines and animals of this place to grow strong in order to provide nourishment for the Wašiw and she reminded the people of their responsibility to care for this place, (one of several creation stories).

“The center of the Wašiw world is Da.aw (Lake Tahoe) both geographically and spiritually." Like most native peoples our lifestyles revolved around the environment; the people were part of the environment, and everything was provided by the environment.

The People

The Wašiw people are a distinct people who share commonalities with both the Great Basin and the California Cultures. The family unit is the core of the tribe. The families comprised the local groups and the local groups made up a band. The Wašiw were recognized by what part of the territory they came from. The four directions of Wašiw territory was occupied by different bands of the Wašiw that made up the whole of the tribe. Although one tribe, each band was unique in its own area of occupation with subtle differences in cultural diversity and language patterns.

Summers were spent at Da.aw and all parts of the territory. Large Cutthroat Trout lived in all the lakes and streams along with freshwater clams and other fish once plentiful, sustained the people throughout the year. Large and small game was once plentiful. Plant gathering for food, utilitarian and medicinal use is still harvested in all parts of Wašiw lands. During the fall the Wašiw traveled to the pine nut hills to gather Tag.m (pinion nuts) or to the western slope of the Sierras to gather Malu. (acorns). The fall was also time for hunting. Rabbit drives were conducted throughout the valleys at the designation of the Rabbit Boss, and the meat and pelts gathered were used to sustain the people through the long winters. During the winters the Wašiw would travel to lowland valleys where the harsh winter snows felt by the Sierra Mountains would be bearable. When the snows started melting, it was a time for renewal and it was time to begin the cycle of life again.

Changes to Washoe Life

The California gold rush followed by the subsequent silver rush in Nevada a few years later, thousands of miners and immigrants flooded Wašiw lands in a relatively short time period and they stayed here, disrupting the balance; the Wašiw world changed forever in a few short years. The demand on the natural resources by the immigrant population depleted much of it. The logging industry denuded the forests and scarred the Pine Nut Mountains to support the mining industry and towns that sprang up everywhere. The fisheries of Lake Tahoe once bountiful with the native cutthroat trout had been reduced to nothing and livestock replaced the native herbivores.

The health of the land and the health of the people are tied together, and what happens to the land also happens to the people. When the land suffers so too are the people."

- A. Brian Wallace, Former Chairman of the Washoe Tribe

The Language

Wašiw has been classified as a distinct branch of the Hokan language family known as Washoan.  Although, the language is considered to be a language isolate by many. The uniqueness Wašiw language is directly related to the uniqueness of the Wašiw homeland. The Wašiw fought to maintain their language in the face of a government that once vigorously tried to exterminate the language.  Boarding Schools were built on the principle of “kill the Indian, save the man” in hopes of pushing the Indigenous people towards “civilization.” However, in light of draconian policies and practices of the Federal Government the Wašiw people have been able to maintain our language and culture for the future.  In the mid 1990’s an immersion school was started by a handful of Wašiw elders and parents who saw a lack of Wašiw language and culture as the primary cause for a multitude of social ills that Wašiw youth were struggling to overcome. This led to the creation of “Wašiw Wagayay Ma.al” or “the house where Wašiw is spoken”, a language immersion school dedicated to the revival of the Wašiw language and culture. All mediums of education were taught from a Wašiw centric worldview. Meaning, that Wašiw notions of relationship, respect, tradition, and responsibility were founding principles for the operation of the school.

The language, culture and the people cannot be separated. The language is the identity of the Washoe People.”

-Steven James, Tribal Elder

Since the closing of the immersion school, the demand for language and culture among youth has only increased. The Cultural Resource Department, which now houses the Language Program, has taken on the task of language and cultural revitalization within the Wašiw Tribe. However, this is not a new struggle; it is the continuation of what our elders have started. Without the perseverance of the people who have fought to maintain the Wašiw language and culture for the future, our people would not be here. It is this struggle for cultural survival and acceptance that we look to overcome so that future generations of Wašiw people will not have to fight anymore, but can live as Wašiw people.

Our elders tell we have been here in the beginning, and we are still here in our lands”

For more information please read the printable version of the Washeshu Booklet

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