Michon R. Eben


Michon R. Eben (BA, MSW) is an enrolled Paiute/Shoshone from the Reno/Sparks Indian Colony (RSIC) of Reno, Nevada, where she works as the Cultural Resource Manager/Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO). Within this role, she seeks to preserve Native American Ancestral cultural sites by participating in government to government consultation between the RSIC, and federal and state agencies. Michon is a graduate of the California State University, Humboldt, and the University of Nevada, Reno, and is a nationally known youth presenter on the Value of Education for Indian Youth; Violence, Alcohol & Drug Awareness; Cultural Leadership; and Teen Pregnancy Prevention.

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Michon R. Eben, a Paiute/Shoshone native Nevadan, serves as the Cultural Resource Manager/Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony (RSIC) - a role in which she is dedicated to expanding the appreciation, understanding, and preservation of Native American cultural resources within the traditional Nevada homelands of the RSIC members. In this richly illustrated presentation, Eben explores how her people’s view of these resources differs from the perspectives typically held by non-natives. The historical events of Native American culture have largely been interpreted and related by non-Indians, many of them archaeologists and scientists, who have authored numerous books about Native American events, made scientific interpretations of archaeological excavations, established museum collections of Indian artifacts, set up university programs about Native American life, and created a body of ethnographic studies. More recently, distorted television shows and movies have further slanted the view. As a result, the understanding of Native American culture has often been reduced to a collection of unearthed artifacts or snippets of appearances in western shows. However, as Eben explains, past Native American culture is far richer and more complex than is generally appreciated, and continues to develop in the present day. She also discusses how a Native American perspective to preservation can enhance the understanding of Nevada’s unique Native American culture as a whole.

Appropriate Audience:  Adults; young adults; children aged 12 and above.

Duration: 1-3 Hours. Please discuss the appropriate length for your organization with the Presenter.

Presenter Requirements: 

  • Means for screening a PowerPoint presentation.
  • Easel board or flip chart with paper

If equipment/materials indicated above is unavailable, please discuss alternatives with Presenter.

Categories: Native-American interest, Nevada, traditional culture