Stewart Indian School

Meet our staff, committee and volunteers

Cultural Center Staff

 


Bobbi Rahder
Museum Director

 

775-687-7606
brahder@nic.nv.gov

Ms. Rahder is honored to be the museum director for the Stewart Indian School Cultural Center and Museum since May 2017. Ms. Rahder previously worked as director of the Haskell Cultural Center and Museum for 13 years, at Haskell Indian Nations University, a former federal government boarding school called Haskell Institute, in Lawrence, KS. She also has worked as a museum professional in other museums in Nebraska and Kansas, and has taught museum studies classes at the undergraduate level at Haskell and at the graduate level at the University of Kansas. Ms. Rahder has curated many exhibitions and educational programs interpreting museum collections. She has a master’s degree in Museum Studies, and is working on a PhD in American Studies from the University of Kansas.


 

 


Chris Ann Gibbons
Curator

 

775-687-7604
cgibbons@nic.nv.gov

 

Chris Ann Gibbons began with the Nevada Indian Commission in 2005 and is currently the Curator for the Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & 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 & Museum in December 2019. Chris is a graduate of Southern Oregon University with a degree in History and minors in both Native American Studies and Art History. In addition, she has 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.


 

 


Melissa Melero-Moose
Great Basin Native Artists Gallery Curator

 

775-687-7604

 

Melissa Melero-Moose began her work with the Stewart Indian Commission in 2014, speaking about the Great Basin Native Artists (GBNA) at the Nevada Indian Territory Tribal Conferences. In 2019, Stewart asked her to be a part of the design consulting for the planning process of the Stewart Museum and then gallery curator for the Great Basin Native Artists (Wa-Pai-Shone) Gallery.
She is a mixed-media visual artist, writer and curator. She is a Northern Paiute enrolled with the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe with ties to Fort Bidwell Paiute, California. She lives in Hungry Valley, Nevada working as a professional artist, contributing writer for First American Art Magazine and founder/curator of the art collective the Great Basin Native Artists. She is a descendant of Stewart Alumni dating back from 1911 – 1974.


 

Stewart Cultural Advisory Committee

Josie Becerra, Walker River Paiute Tribe
Leah Brady, Western Shoshone
Ralph Burns, Pyramid Lake Paiute
Donna Cossette, Fallon Paiute
Fawn Douglas, Las Vegas Paiute Tribe
Herman Fillmore, Washoe Tribe of Nevada & California
Billie Jean Guerrero, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe
Reynelda James, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe
Linda Eben Jones, Paiute
Angelea Kizer, Washoe and Walker River Paiute Tribe
Ron Lewis, Pima Tribe
Gloria McDonald, Duck Valley Shoshone-Paiute Tribe
Jana Montana, Tohono O’odham (Papago) Tribe
Melba Rakow, Washoe Tribe of Nevada & California
Shawn Marie Sam, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe
Buck Sampson, Northern Paiute
Janice Eben Stump, Paiute
Aletha Tom, Moapa Band of Paiutes
Bill Turner, Bishop Paiute Tribe
Dianne Williams, Walker River Paiute Tribe


 

Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum Volunteers

Judy Anderson
Lorraine Cook, Apache
Marilyn (Max) Symonds
Linda Eben Jones, Paiute
Janice Eben Stump, Paiute
Shawn Marie Sam, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe
Renee Kolvet
Tera Bruhn
Dale Bennett, Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California
Frank Joe, Western Shoshone
Teri Burns, Fallon Paiute Shoshone
Shelly Gould, Northern Paiute
Harriet Brady, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe
Katie Yezek
Sarah Bruce

Ebieny Crawford, Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California
Gabriel Bruhn
Gabe Crounk
Marlon Melero, Reno Sparks Indian Colony