Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum

 “We remember your sacrifices, you have not been forgotten.” Shan Goshorn, Eastern Band Cherokee


Open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed on weekends, state, and federal holidays)


The Stewart Indian School Cultural Center and Museum is dedicated to the memories of the first Stewart students from Great Basin tribes in 1890, and all students and their families who were impacted by the Stewart experience. The vision of the museum is to serve as a steward of living American Indian materials and traditions.


The mission of the Stewart Indian School Cultural Center and Museum is to tell the stories of the thousands of American Indian children from western tribes who were educated at Stewart. These stories tell of a complex past that changed the course of generations of these children. The countless stories of hardship, resilience, strength, and triumph are at the core of the current efforts to preserve the Stewart campus and are illustrated in the exhibits at the museum. In addition to sharing Stewart’s history, the museum is a place of living heritage through exhibits of contemporary Native art, storytelling, arts and crafts demonstrations, lectures, public programming, and educational activities. The museum serves as a research facility for Stewart students, staff, faculty, alumni, and the general public. This museum is not a museum in the Western sense, but a gathering place for Stewart alumni and their families.

Sense of Place

This land was sacred to the Great Basin tribes long before anyone else settled here. We want to acknowledge the traditional homelands of the Great Basin tribes where Stewart now sits. To recognize this sense of place we have worked with Stewart alumni to develop this place as an ecomuseum. This form of museum integrates past, present, and future and is people-based. This museum honors all Stewart students and their relatives who were affected by the boarding school experience. This place is community-oriented, community created, and community driven, and acknowledges the relationships of all living beings, including people, animals, plants, traditions, songs, ceremonies, spiritual beliefs, and languages.

Land Acknowledgement: We acknowledge the traditional homelands of the Wa She Shu (Washoe), Numu (Northern Paiute, Newe (Western Shoshone), and Nuwu (Southern Paiute) people of Nevada. This includes the 27 bands, tribal nations, and colonies that exist as sovereign nations and continue as stewards to this land. We appreciate the opportunity to live and learn on these Indigenous homelands.

Our hearts are breaking: Just as the world is processing news of the children’s remains found at the Canadian residential schools, alumni and families of the Stewart Indian School in Carson City, Nevada, recognize that similar losses of children’s lives happened at boarding schools in the US. The alumni are working with the staff of the Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum to document the children and we are working on ways to help the alumni to process their emotions from this news. The goal of our museum is to honor the children who attended the school, tell the truth about their experiences, and help the alumni, their families, and their communities to heal.

Helping to heal from Historical Trauma:
• Helping Stewart alumni and families process grief about recent news
To download more information about Historical Trauma – Click Here
Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative Investigative Report
Department of the Interior releases investigative report, outlines next steps in Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative

Supporting Nevada tribal nations and honoring event
• Providing boarding school historical information to schools
• Researching and documenting students who attended Stewart to comply with Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland’s initiative