'Cultures of Las Vegas: The Native Americans' Plays Throughout November

Local Native Americans will be the focus on the next iteration of the popular “Cultures of Las Vegas” television series when it debuts today. It airs at 8 p.m.

“Cultures of Las Vegas: The Native Americans” will air on Clark County Television (CCTV) throughout November, which is Native American Heritage Month. Guest moderated by KSNV Channel 3’s Max Darrow, the show features Rulon Pete, executive director of the Las Vegas Indian Center; Barbara Hartzell, chairwoman of the Las Vegas Indian Center Board of Directors; Dr. Crystal Lee, United Natives founder & a UNLV alumnus; Tammi Tiger, founding member of the UNLV Native American Alumni Club and lead over the Indian Center's civic engagement program; and UNLV student Annika Roseen, who was recently crowned Ms. Native UNLV 2020-2021 on the first celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Clark County.

The Native Americans indigenous to Clark County are the Southern Paiute (“Nuwu”), federally recognized as the Las Vegas Paiute and Moapa Band of Paiutes.  In all, Nevada is home to 27 tribal communities who also include the Northern Paiute (“Numu”), the Washoe (“Wa She Shu”), and the Western Shoshone (“Newe”) peoples.  According to the last Census, Clark County is home to more than 50,000 "urban natives" from tribes all across the United States and one of our fastest growing populations in recent years.

“We have such a wonderfully diverse and vibrant community here in Southern Nevada that I’m grateful to be a part of,” Darrow said. “It was a pleasure to host the show, and to meet some incredibly friendly people in our community who also call the Valley home.”

Darrow has been reporting for KSNV Channel 3 since August 2018 and previously worked for television station KGUN 9 in Tucson, Arizona, where he was a reporter and fill-in anchor. Darrow, who is originally from California’s Bay area, is graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

            “I want to thank KSNV Channel 3’s Max Darrow for moderating this discussion as well as the panelists for sharing their insights into the culture and heritage of our Native American community,” said Erik Pappa, the County’s director of Public Communications.

Besides appearing on CCTV, the 30-minute show also may be viewed on Clark County’s YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/ClarkCountyNV. A direct link to the show: https://youtu.be/jDbBr0cCi0k. The discussion is also available on Clark County’s “Cultures of Las Vegas” podcast available for iPhones and Androids.

Other CCTV air times this week: Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 2:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 5:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 5 at 2:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 6 at 3 a.m. and 1 and 11 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 7 at 2:30 and 10 a.m. and 5:30 and 11:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 8 at 4:30 a.m. and 5 and 11:30 p.m.

Previous iterations of the series have focused on the Germans, https://youtu.be/a7EerPFA954; Mexico, https://youtu.be/jyl96aqwjUk; the Indians, https://youtu.be/oh2J9AFzQXk; the French, https://youtu.be/l53oPCatW7k; the Irish, https://youtu.be/Fu5OcnTlGy4; the Chinese, https://youtu.be/wSXlaLr20eA; the Poles,  https://youtu.be/UOz5qjA6jNA, and the Italians, https://youtu.be/FA-X8QB_c3A. CCTV has also produced similar shows, including, “Celebrating Latino Contributions,” https://youtu.be/6OcrX1ywDHw; “Influences of Asia and the Pacific,” https://youtu.be/8X3EIlvufME; and Black History Month discussions, https://youtu.be/z716l5FQG0s and https://youtu.be/GlU-Tm4rIRo. Staff plan to continue the series, focusing each month on the contributions of a local ethnic group.

CCTV is available in the Las Vegas area on Channel 4/1004 on Cox cable and on CenturyLink on Channels 4 and 1004 as well as in Laughlin on Channel 14 via Suddenlink. Live streaming of CCTV programming is available at https://www.youtube.com/user/ClarkCountyNV/live. CCTV is also available in Boulder City on Channel 4 and in Moapa Valley on Digital Channel 50.3.

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