The NGM distribution team, members of the Nevada Air National Guard, Stacey Montooth (Executive Director, Nevada Indian Commission), Greg Walker (Executive Managing Director, Nevada Gold Mines) and members of the Fort McDermitt tribe picking up the food and supplies.
The NGM distribution team, members of the Nevada Air National Guard, Stacey Montooth (Executive Director, Nevada Indian Commission), Greg Walker (Executive Managing Director, Nevada Gold Mines) and members of the Fort McDermitt tribe picking up the food and supplies.
Nevada Gold Mines (NGM) recently donated more than 100,000 pounds of food to elders and at-risk Native American tribe members across northern Nevada in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“NGM noticed many Native Americans were doing their best to adhere to stay-at-home orders, but they often had to drive three to four hours roundtrip for groceries,” said NGM Communications Specialist Natacia Eldridge. “The goal was to help them continue to shelter in place and provide food and basic supplies to the communities, elders, and tribal members, to keep them from being exposed to COVID-19.”

Eldridge said the effort was a large undertaking and took the help of employees of various NGM departments, Nevada Air National Guard, who provided four guardsmen to help with deliveries, Stacey Montooth (Executive Director, Nevada Indian Commission), John Oceguera (Executive Vice President, Strategies 360) who put the team in touch executives at Costco, Raleys, and CVS to procure the food and supplies from and Bonanza Produce in Elko who generously provided their warehouse to receive the food and supplies to.

NGM head of Native American Affairs Joe Mike said that the biggest challenge experienced was the procurement of the donated food, at a time when grocery stores were limited on supplies. 

The food deliveries to each of the ten tribes occurred over the course of four weeks and included grocery staples, ground beef, baby diapers, formula, adult diapers and overnight pads, etc. 

The distribution group traveled over 5,000 miles throughout the four weeks to deliver the items throughout northern Nevada.

The food was spread across 750 identified elder and high-risk population households within Native American tribes in the NGM partner tribe network. 

“The abundance of appreciation from the tribal members during each delivery drop-off made the grueling days and long drives worth every bit. NGM sincerely appreciates all the help that was received to make this effort possible,” said Eldridge. “NGM Native American Affairs team sends prayers, blessings of protection, and good health to all during these challenging times.”

Prior to the Nevada Gold Mines (NGM) joint venture (JV), both Barrick and Newmont engaged with Native American tribes near their respective mining operations. 

Barrick had previously established a Collaborative Agreement with eight Native American tribes, and with the addition of Newmont’s assets through the formation of the JV, two additional tribes were added.

The now ten partner tribes that constitute NGM’s Collaborative Agreement are as follows: Confederate Tribes of the Goshute Indians, Ely Shoshone Tribe, Duckwater Shoshone Tribe, Yomba Shoshone Tribe, Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation, Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribes, Wells Band of Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone, Elko of Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone, South Fork of Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone, and Battle Mountain of Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone.

The NGM Native American affairs group supports the tribes in other ways including scholarship programs, internship programs, workforce development programs, cultural programs and social investments. 

Other COVID-19 community support efforts provided by NGM includes $1.5M to the governor’s COVID-19 response, relief and recovery task force, $275,000 to support local northern Nevada communities with food and supplies (a portion was allocated specifically to support NGM’s 10 partner Native American tribes in the region), $100,000 to support southern Nevada Three Square Food Bank, $150 in local chamber checks to all $7,000 NGM employees, resulting in $1.1M financial stimulus to local northern Nevada business and establishment of I-80 fund to assist small businesses along the I-80 corridor affected by COVID-19.