Stewart Indian School served as the Indian boarding school for Great Basin tribal children from 1890-1980. It was part of the federal government’s assimilation policy that removed children from their families in order to teach students English and job skills, all part of an effort to eradicate Native culture. In the 1930s, federal policies became more progressive and students willingly attended to be educated. The campus still has 65 beautiful stone buildings built by Hopi stonemasons and Stewart students on 110 acres. In 1985 the school was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. A free, outdoor, guide-by-cell audio tour of stories by Stewart alumni is available anytime to visitors.

The new Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum is located in the former administrative building at the front of the campus. It features a storytelling room for craft making, the Wa-Pai-Shone Gallery of Great Basin Native contemporary art, a research room, and a permanent exhibition about the history of the school. The history of the school is told by the Stewart Alumni Advisory Committee.

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In addition to the Stewart Indian School and the Cultural Center and Museum, many cultural events celebrating the American Indian heritage, history and pride are held in Carson City throughout the year. The Father’s Day Pow Wow brings the Stewart Indian School to life again with hundreds of dancers, Native American art, Native American crafts, and famous Indian Tacos.

Visit for more information about the Father’s Day Pow Wow.

Museum Hours

Open 10-5 pm, Monday through Friday, and closed on state and federal holidays.

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