Matt Hanifan and Enrique Hernandez report on a prayer circle in Sparks, Nev., Monday evening, which was hosted by the American Indian Movement Northern Nevada.

Two poster boards displayed in front of the main standing area each possessing 10–15 photos of missing individuals. Two more were just off-camera.

Frightening Numbers

The outdoor event at Lillard Park would have been easy to miss had it not been for a pair of flags held high by two AIM security guards.

Rocky Boice, the co-director of the American Indian Movement, said the event sought to raise much needed awareness. He said local and federal law enforcement have provided little to no help. “The FBI doesn’t care,” he said.

In 2018, FBI officials released a statement called Missing and Murdered: Confronting the Silent Crisis in Indian Country, stating: “The FBI and its dedicated special agent and victim specialists of the FBI’s Indian Country program…

Liza Cheharovska interviews an elementary school teacher to learn how the education system has adapted to the challenges of COVID-19.

A Teacher Giving Back

UNR grad Sandra Herrera is an elementary school teacher at Agnes Risley Elementary in Sparks, Nevada, where she teaches second grade. Going on her sixth year of teaching Sandra says recent months have been the strangest yet, with constant uncertainty and readjustment.

“I will always remember my mom’s struggle and my kindergarten teacher always trying to help. I knew that I wanted to help students and families that same way,” Herrera said of her own motivations to become a teacher.

As a child, Herrera couldn’t get much help with school work at home because her mom could only speak Spanish…

Jack Dietlein and Melanie Mendez spent the afternoon of Saturday March 27th to cover the #StopAsianHate rally in the Biggest Little City, which included references to racism in Reno’s past.

Supporters gathered to listen to speakers from the event organizers in Reno, the Party for Socialism and Liberation, talk about how the rise in attacks relates both to the Covid-19 pandemic and broader U.S. foreign policy attitudes.

A Racist History in Reno

In light of recent attacks against Asian Americans in Atlanta and elsewhere in the United States, a national day of action was organized by groups across the country, including here in Reno

“Since the Covid-19 virus was first discovered in December in China, hate crimes against Asian Americans have rose exponentially because of the anti-Asian and anti-Chinese blame game with the corporate media, the Trump administration, and the Biden administration has weaponized to deflect our shortcomings in the handling of this pandemic,” one of the keynote speakers said at the event at the Believe plaza.

Faith Evans explains President Jair Bolsonaro’s role in stirring vaccine panic and misinformation amid pot-banging protests, with multimedia elements by Sydney Oliver.

President Jair Bolsonaro is trying to save face this week as Brazilian citizens loudly protest his pandemic response. His attempts at sympathy and a “return to normalcy” have struck the wrong tone in the ears of his constituents. Visual by Sydney Oliver

A Staggering Death Toll

The raucous sounds of clattering pots and pans, car horns and wailing has been ringing in Brazil. Friday, March 26th, according to the Health Ministry, Brazil recorded a new high of 3,650 Covid-19 deaths. Citizens are fed up with President Jair Bolsonaro’s promises of a rapid return to normalcy.

The South American country’s pandemic timeline reads like a disheartening telenovela: a death toll surpassing 300,000, political rivalry fueling pandemic-related policies, President Bolsonaro’s pot-stirring press conferences — all spiraling out of hand.

President Bolsonaro went viral back in December for suggesting that the COVID-19 vaccine could turn recipients into crocodiles, but…

Martians, red sand, cold weather — these are all attributes that may come to mind when we think about Mars. Jillian Briare looks into current explorations of our red neighbor, 150 million miles away.

Visual by Jillian Briare above. Her explainer video here:

Humans have been studying the planets in our solar system for hundreds of years, but despite all the other planets appearing quite different from Earth, we are slowly learning that we may have more in common with some of them than we think.

Mars is the most accessible planet right now, and through research and previous missions to Mars, we have learned that the planet actually is quite similar to ours. …

Jordan Buxton looks into the recent surge of abductions in the West African country.

Map by Jordan Buxton

On the morning of December 11, during Nigeria’s dry season, armed gunmen stormed the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara in central Katsina state. Carrying rifles, the group kidnapped over 300 students. The attackers masqueraded as the terrorist group Boko Haram but were later identified as local bandits

This is just one of many kidnappings that have taken place since the end of 2020. In total, over 700 schoolchildren and students have disappeared since then. This rise has led to a growing distrust in Nigerian security forces as more and more students are going missing.

Fortunately for the 344 students…

A growing trend in trying to expel bad energy in homes or cleanse a house is leading to endangerment of more than one species, causing the fraying of ecosystems and a hijacking of Native American culture. Alina Croft presents what you need to know.

White sage in different stages of production to be used for ‘smudging’. Explanation video here:

What Is White Sage and What Is It Traditionally Used For?

White sage, or salvia apiana, considered the sacred sage is an evergreen perennial shrub that can be found harvested on the border of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. It is historically used by Native Americans to make a traditional food called pinole, one of their staple foods. It is also used by Native Americans for medicinal purposes, such as making tea to help women regain strength after giving birth. The seeds can also be used to remove objects from the eyes. The plant is mostly used for traditional religious ceremonies.

Ryan Daley and Noah Lopez look into key dates of an overthrow followed by protests in the southeast Asian nation.

March 26th, 2021 marks the 54th day since the Myanmar coup.

Earlier this week, a seven-year-old girl was shot dead in the city of Mandalay during the ongoing military crackdown.

The overthrow took place on the morning of February 1st when State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint were detained in a raid, with the military immediately declaring a state of emergency. This happened the day before the Parliament of Myanmar was due to swear in members elected in a 2020 election, contested by the military.

Since then, violence has been escalating. On February 6th, the military…

Kennedy Vincent looks into the gender based violence crisis in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T ).

A screengrab from an explainer video which can be watched here:

A recent report indicated nearly a third of women in Trinidad and Tobago experienced either physical or sexual partner violence or both. The same number experienced sexual violence, including rape. For many this happened before they turned 18.

Many women have been demanding for a safer public transportation system. Local non-profit groups say so-called maxi taxis and private car companies are the biggest threats to women.

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessa wants the current government of Prime Minister Keith Rowley government to also legalize pepper-spray for women. Protests have spilled out into the streets demanding a safer country for women.

Jayme Souza reports on how one lighting, sound and video professional in the entertainment industry has responsed to government mandated lockdowns and restrictions over the past year, and what’s on the horizon for 2021.

One of the main sources of revenue for Nick Parkey’s company currently is permanent installs. This photo is from an install he did at a church in Truckee, CA, on Monday, March 15th.

“Things just kept cancelling”

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, many people lost their jobs, businesses and livelihood, and nowhere was this felt more acutely perhaps than in the entertainment industry. Due to the widespread government mandated lockdowns and restrictions, specifically on the limiting of capacity and ban of any public gatherings, people working in the live entertainment industry have seen their careers completely washed away seemingly overnight.

Nick Parkey is one of those trying as best he can to pivot and remain afloat for better days. He runs a lighting, sound and video company here in the Reno/Tahoe area. …

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Showcasing innovative and engaging multimedia storytelling by students with the Reynolds Media Lab in Reno.

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