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Our Services


Our Founder

Mary Gibson, Executive Director

Mary is a citizen of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone/Elko Band. From vision to reality, her passion for the protection and preservation of Newe (Western Shoshone) language, culture and history, was actualized by the founding of NKC. She has a master's degree in Library and Information Science, with an emphasis in archives.

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 Board OF Directors

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Fermina Stevens, Chairperson

Fermina was born and raised in Elko, Nevada, and attended local schools, and graduating from Elko High School in 1987. Fermina volunteers her time on various committees for the Elko Indian Colony to assist in the development of the community and to help preserve Newe history 


Chet Stevens, Vice Chairperson

Chet is a tribal member to the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone/Elko Band. Chet is an artist and respected spiritual leader. Chet's involvement in continuing his cultural practices and traditions are motivated by the importance of passing on Newe teachings. Chet stated, "Cultural preservation is key to perpetuating our beliefs and life-ways.


Dixie Jeffers, Secretary/Treasurer

Dixie Jeffers is a member of the Western Shoshone tribe.


Katherine Blossom, Director

Katherine is an elder of the Western Shoshone Nation. Katherine is a mother, grandmother and great grandmother who is dedicated to praying and speaking for the protection of mother earth. For 30 years, she worked as a counselor for the Elko High School. After retiring, Katherine joined Corbin Harney, revered and respected Newe spiritual leader, at Poo-Ha-Bah, or doctor water healing center. Katherine continues to attend ceremonies at home and surrounding states.

Sarah Caligiuri, BODirector

Sarah Caligiuri is an enrolled member of the Yomba Shoshone Tribe. Sarah has served her community for the last 25 years within environmental, social, educational, and reproductive justice movements in partnership with Tribal governments, communities, and federal, state, and county government agencies. Sarah's work is rooted in protecting Mother Earth through community service, social justice, and education. She has a Master's Degree in Federal Indian Law, a B.A. in Native American Studies, and is a Doctoral Student of Educational Studies. 


James Darrough, BODirector

James is a member of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone, descended from the Mohokai Dikka Newene of Reese River and Smokey Valley, Nevada areas. I am also 1/4 Dineh (Navajo), descended from the Coal Mine Mesa area of Northern Arizona. I was raised in Elko, Nevada, with traditional Newena and Dinah values, where I attended K-12th grade graduating from Elko
High School in 1994. I left home in 1996 and moved to Reno, Nevada where I met my wife,
attended college and obtained an Associate of Science Degree in Engineering, and became
employed at Summit Engineering corporation for 20 years.

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