Welcome to the Stewart Indian School web site. We are excited to announce that the former Stewart Administration Building will soon be renovated into our new Stewart Indian School Cultural Center and Museum, thanks to funding by Governor Brian Sandoval and the Nevada State Legislature. The Nevada Indian Commission was allocated $4.5 million in the 2017 Legislative Session to renovate the Administration Building and the old Post Office building into a Cultural Center and Museum and Welcome Center. An additional $1.2 million was allocated for a new roof on the old Stewart Gym.
The Stewart Indian School served as the only off-reservation Indian boarding school in Nevada from 1890 through 1980, and its stone buildings are an icon of education and life for many American Indians in the West. In 1985 the school was listed in the National Register of Historic Places as a Historic District and is currently managed by the State of Nevada.
The Stewart Indian School Trail is a self-guided walking tour of the campus with twenty points of interest and audio stories. Using personal cell phones, visitors can access recorded messages from alumni and employees about their personal experiences at the school. The goal of the “Talking” Trail is to preserve the history and memorabilia of the school, which provided education and vocational skills to American Indian youth from Nevada, California, Arizona and New Mexico, representing more than 200 tribes.
The school annually hosts the Stewart Father’s Day Powwow, which presents traditional competition dancing, Stewart School alumni recognition, arts and crafts, special events and exhibits.
The new Welcome Center will house campus maps, the Stewart Indian School Trail brochures, as well as information about Stewart Indian School preservation efforts and future projects. The new Cultural Center will feature an exhibition about the unique history of the Stewart Indian School, a research room where researchers and alumni can find archival information about the school’s 90 year history, a room for storytelling and craft making, a museum store with Stewart memorabilia reproductions as well as locally made Native arts and crafts.
Help Support Stewart Indian School!
The Stewart Indian School changed the course of generations of American Indians and has connected the people of this state and this nation forever, leaving a cultural legacy for the future. Please consider making a donation today to preserve the Stewart Indian School and ensure the legacy lives on.
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