Lecture is Saturday on future of Stewart Indian School

Sherry Rupert is the executive director of the Nevada Indian Commission, which oversees Stewart Indian School. Photo: Guy Clifton/Travel Nevada
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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - The executive director of the Nevada Indian Commission will give a brief history of the Stewart Indian School in Carson City and discuss the school’s future during a lecture Saturday at the Nevada State Museum.

Sherry Rupert also gave a similar lecture in November.

Stewart Indian School was established on the outskirts of Carson City in 1890 with a mission to assimilate American Indian children into mainstream culture. It was one of the first 25 of hundreds of boarding schools across the nation.

The school was open for 90 years and saw more than 30,000 American Indian students educated in the stone buildings on the 110-acre campus. It closed in 1980 and many of the more than 60 buildings that remain have been boarded up.

The 2017 Nevada Legislature approved Gov. Brian Sandoval’s request for $4.6 million to renovate several of the school’s historic stone structures. Immediate plans include converting the former administration building into a welcome and cultural Center, which will include a museum dedicated to sharing the story of the school. Its historic gymnasium and theater are also scheduled for renovation.

The lecture is $8 for adults and free for museum members and children 17 and younger. Seating is limited and reservations can be made by contacting Mary Covington at mcovingt@nevadaculture.org or 775-687-4810, ext. 224.

For details about the lecture, contact Bob Nylen, curator of history, at rnylen@nevadaculture.org or 775-687-4810, ext. 245.