Paiute Leaders Speak at Native Plant Medicine Garden Dedication

In this video Pyramid Lake Museum Director Billie Jean Guerrero and Tribal Chairwoman Janet Davis speak at the groundbreaking & installation of a new native plants Medicine Garden on Tuesday, May 24th, 2022. With the help of local community members, the Ripple team and volunteers from the Native Solidarity Project, about 90 native trees, bushes and native herbs were planted immediately after they spoke. The goal of the project is to create a “living museum exhibit” to educate tribal members and the general public about the traditional uses of native plants from the Pyramid Lake area for medicine, pain relief, natural healing, smudging, clothing, food, shelter and building material. The purchase of plants and supplies/materials were made possible by a grant awarded to the Museum that was submitted by the Ripple Project. In addition, the Native Plant Farm in Washoe Valley generously donated many important native plant species.

“Living Legacies” Event Honors Two Spirit Elders

Gay American Indians|Present

Living Legacies ~ 

A Pride Celebration Honoring Two Spirit Elders

2-6pm on Friday June 24, 2022


Opening Prayer by Teri Cly (Dineh)
Spoken Word performance by Mason Smith
Traditional Native Songs by Ty Perez and the Red Lightning Women Power Singers 
Drag performance by Chardonnay
Burrito Buffet Lunch & Two Spirit Photo Exhibit

Two Short Film Screenings:

• A new documentary short about the 2021 GAI Rainbow Celebration

• “Home of the Brave” about the Stewart Boarding School in Nevada

Living Legacies” is Co-Sponsored by

Gay American Indians (GAI)
Two Spirit Queer Alliance
Native American Health Center
American Indian Cultural Center (AICC) of San Francisco
Native Solidarity Project

Hosted by Alexander Hamilton Post 448|
Veterans War Memorial Building
401 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco…

Stewardship Saturdays at Potato Patch

Join us for a variety of land stewardship projects on Saturdays June 11 + July 9, 2022.

Potato Patch Ranch is a rare lush oasis in this desert landscape due to a gurgling mountain stream that bubbles out of the ground and flows down a hill providing a source of water for cottonwood & willow trees, raspberry bushes, and native medicinal plants.

A team of Paiute elders is working to create hands-on educational programs at Potato Patch to pass on knowledge about traditional uses of native plants for food, smudging, shelter, clothing, baskets, twine, medicinal teas and topical salves. Together we are preparing the land to host future school field trips, hands-on workshops, afternoon classes and weekend seminars on site.

Tasks include…

  • Surveying the existing landscape & creating a plant inventory map
  • Building fencing to keep out grazing animals
  • Pruning Fruit Trees & Raspberry Bushes
  • Repairing the existing natural gravity irrigation
  • Removing non-functional legacy farm equipment
  • Evaluating Chicken Coop & developing repair plan
  • Revitalizing the Outhouse / Latrine area
  • Preparing Camp Sites for future events

Wear: Boots, Wide Brimmed Hats, Work Gloves, Sunscreen

Bring: Water, Picnic Items to Share, Garden/ Landscaping Tools

Location: Potato Patch Ranch is accessible via NV-447 overlooking Winnemucca Lake about halfway between Nixon and Gerlach. View the Facebook event for Stewardship Saturdays.…