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At Pine Nut Festival on Walker River Paiute Reservation, Cortez Masto Joins Tribal Leaders to Highlight Her Fight for Native Communities

Sep 17, 2022

Schurz, NV – Today, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto joined Amber Torres, Tribal Chairwoman for Walker River Paiute Tribe, and members of tribal leadership at the Walker River Paiute Pine Nut Festival where she highlighted her fight for native communities in Nevada. Cortez Masto also joined tribal members for a Pow Wow at the conclusion of the festival.

“I’m so honored to be here for the sacred celebration of the Pine Nut Blessing,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “Throughout my career I’ve focused on getting tribal communities the funding and support you need to make significant improvements to water infrastructure, affordable housing resources, health care access and more. The tribes in Nevada should never be left out and I will always do what’s right for our tribal communities and families.”

“Senator Cortez Masto is a true ally to tribal communities in Nevada, and she delivers for us when we need it most,” said Chairwoman Amber Torres. “She has led the fight to protect native women and girls in the Senate and makes sure our tribe has the support we need to expand affordable housing and improve health care access on the reservation. I know our Senator will always listen and advocate for us.”

Cortez Masto has consistently fought for tribal communities in Nevada. She has led efforts in the Senate to combat the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, passing two bills, Savanna’s Act and the Not Invisible Act, that were signed into law in 2020. She secured the largest investment in Native programs in Senate history through the American Rescue Plan and has delivered nearly $10 million in federal funding to improve the Walker River Paiute Tribe’s affordable housing and water infrastructure, boosting the local economy. With the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, Cortez Masto delivered critical resources to lower energy costs and create clean energy jobs in Indian Country.

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