Stewart Indian School Cultural Center and Museum

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Museum Updates

History of Stewart Exhibit

Gallagher and Associates will present their 50% Final Exhibit designs at the Nevada Indian Commission conference room at 10:30 am on September 24th. We welcome Stewart alumni who would like to see the designs and provide their feedback.

Construction Begins!

Construction to renovate the former agency or administration building at Stewart that will become the new Stewart Cultural Center and Museum began on September 4th. Renovation is slated to be completed in spring 2019. Nevada Indian Commission staff held an open house on September 4th to invite the other state agencies housed at the Stewart facility to stop by for cookies and see the building’s architectural drawings and hear of plans for the new museum.

Join us in Honoring Stewart’s World War I Veterans

Stewart museum staff will collaborate with the Nevada State Museum’s Poppy Project in November. On November 10th from 10-3 we will have a display about the Stewart students who served in World War I. Please join us as we honor all veterans and celebrate the end of the NSM Remembering the Great War: One Hundred Years Later exhibit. This event includes a Native American honor guard posting the colors, WWI U.S. Cavalry Display, Concourse Poppy Display and thank you gifts for veterans.

More Stewart Desert Braves Yearbooks Available on Website

Additional Stewart Desert Braves yearbooks have been uploaded to the website. If you would like color photocopies, please contact us at our website and order a copy. These color photocopies are $10 apiece for the cost of printing in color. The yearbooks just uploaded include the years: 1969, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, and 1980. Here is the link:

Learn about Stewart Rocks with a Fun Scavenger Hunt

We invite the public to learn about the beautiful rocks that were used to build over 60 buildings at the Stewart Indian School campus. Former state geologist Jonathan Price and Dennis Bryan created a scavenger hunt to learn about the rocks used in the Stewart buildings. The scavenger hunt is available now at the Science Education section of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology website at the University of Nevada, Reno: This scavenger hunt is available in the reception area of the Nevada Indian Commission office. When our new museum opens in 2019 we will have additional versions of the scavenger hunt available for children. Thank you Jon and Dennis for this wonderful and educational activity.

Stewart History in New Heard Museum Exhibit Opening January 26th

The Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ, will soon feature a section about Stewart Indian School as part of their revised Away from Home: American Indian Boarding School Experiences. This newly revised exhibit will open on January 26th. Away From Home examines an important and often unknown period of American history. Beginning in the 1870s the U.S. government aimed to assimilate American Indians into “civilized” society by placing them in government-operated boarding schools. Children were taken from families and transported to far-away schools where all signs of “Indian-ness” were stripped away. Students were trained for servitude and many went for years without familial contact—events that still have an impact on Native communities today. Generations of students attended boarding schools before advocacy efforts—that included students and alumni—succeeded in reforming them, closing them, or offering other school choices. Boarding schools were designed to change American Indians, and they had many long-lasting impacts, but American Indians also changed the schools.

Museum Collections

Chris Ann Gibbons, curator, is organizing and accessioning the Stewart collections into a database. She is accepting new donations of Stewart materials and answering research requests. She also is preserving the artifacts, documents, and photographs. We are renovating the former Bakery/Second Post Office building at Stewart to house our collection storage. This will help us provide environmentally controlled storage for our Stewart collections that meet museum professional standards. Watch for more news on our progress. To download the Patron/Research Request Registration Form Click Here.

Stewart Cultural Center and Museum on a Holiday Ornament

The likeness of the Stewart Indian School Cultural Center and Museum building is being made into a holiday ornament by Carson City and will be available for purchase in 2019. We will post pictures when the ornament is produced and ready for purchase.

Volunteers are Welcome

We welcome volunteers who would like to help us with giving tours, data entry of Stewart artifacts, documents, and photographs into a database, and preserving the collections. Please fill out the application form and let us know what you enjoy doing and we will match you with our needs. To Download Volunteer Application Click Here.

Stewart will be part of Heard Museum Boarding School Exhibit

We are excited to announce that the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, is including Stewart Indian School in their revised “Remembering Our Indian School Days Exhibit.” We are providing some Stewart materials for this exhibit and will let you know when the grand opening will be.

Identifying the beautiful stonework in Stewart buildings

We would like to thank geologists Dennis Bryan, Jonathan Price, Mark Svoboda, Hamilton Reed, and Richard Lippoth for visiting Stewart Indian School and helping us to learn about the different types of rocks in the beautiful stone buildings on campus. We will be working with these geologists in the coming year to develop lectures and educational activities centered on the rocks of Nevada.

For a complete list of  Stewart Indian School resourcesCLICK HERE

To download the Stewart Indian School Oral History Booklet CLICK HERE

To view our historic photography library CLICK HERE

Stewart Indian School Historic Photo

To view our more photography on our Flickr page,  CLICK HERE

To view our archive of Stewart Indian School Yearbooks,  CLICK HERE

Cultural Center Staff


Bobbi Rahder
Museum Director



I’m so honored to be the museum director for the Stewart Indian School Cultural Center and Museum. I came to Nevada for the first time in May 2017 to accept this position. I’m very fortunate to build on the foundation of research and funding support of the Stewart Indian School that Sherry L. Rupert, executive director of the Nevada Indian Commission, and Chris Ann Gibbons, curator, have established. I previously worked at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, KS, which used to be a government boarding school for Native children like Stewart. At Haskell, I helped to design and operate the Haskell Cultural Center and Museum. I’ve also worked as a museum professional in other museums and have curated many exhibitions and educational programs using museum collections. There are many unique things about the Stewart Indian School that I am excited to share through our new museum and an exhibition illustrating the stories of Stewart alumni and the changes at Stewart over its 90 year history. The cultural center is a part of the Stewart Indian School Living Legacy and Master Plan that honors the students from Stewart and interprets the 110-acre campus as a former government boarding school that has evolved into a cultural heritage destination.



Chris Ann Gibbons




Chris Ann Gibbons began with the Nevada Indian Commission in 2005 and is currently the Curator for the Stewart Indian School Cultural Center and Museum. As Curator, Chris primarily works on organizing and preserving the archival documents, photographs, and artifacts that tell Stewart’s history and feels very fortunate to be part of the team responsible for opening the Cultural Center and Museum. Chris is a graduate of Southern Oregon University with a degree in History and minors in both Native American Studies and Art History. Currently, she is working on obtaining a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from the University of Oklahoma. Before coming to the Commission, Chris worked in educational outreach and programming for the Southern Oregon Historical Society.

Stewart Indian School Photography Gallery

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