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Europeans first visited the area they found three major tribes. The Py-utes (Paiutes) -
northern and southern, the Sho-sho-ne, and the Washoe.
The first recorded
interaction between the white man and native Americans in Nevada dates from 1832. In
August of that year Milton Sublette had reached the head waters of the Humboldt River with
a company of trappers. Within a few days after they arrived in that area, Joe Meek
shot and killed a Shoshone Indian. When N.J. Wythe, a famous mountaineer asked why
he had done this, he said, "To keep the Indians from stealing their traps."
Wythe further inquired into his reasoning by asking if the Indian had stolen any.
"No," Meek said, "but he looked as if he was going to."
Famous Native Americans
Wovoka - "The Ghost Dance Prophet"
Wovoka, one of the most important Native American figures in Nevada history, the son of a Paiute prophet, was a Northern Paiute Indian born near Yerington, Nev. about 1856. He is better known in Nevada history as Jack Wilson because he took the name of the white family who had befriended him. His father, who had trained him in the ways of a medicine man or Shaman, died when the boy was 14 years of age. The orphaned boy lived and worked on the David Wilson land on the Walker River near Yerington.
Jack, a handsome Paiute, was a good worker. He became a fast friend and "blood brother" to the oldest Wilson son, Bill. Thus, Jack was welcomed at meals and family prayers. He became very interested with the Christian religion and tried to use its teachings in a new religion which he hoped would offer hope to the Indian people.
Wovoka wanted to give his people a feeling of faith in themselves. He urged them to follow the ways of peace. One of the ways he worked for this was by the Ghost Dance. Saying that the dance had come to him in his dream, he taught it to his people in the Nevada region. Wovoka's spiritual vision and leadership inspired the 1890 Ghost Dance in Nevada. In a short time this new Ghost Dance religion spread across the nation sparking a spiritual and cultural revival in many Native American Tribes.
In Wovoka and the Ghost Dance: A Sourcebook, biographer Dr. Michael Hittman, professor of anthropology at Long Island University writes, "He was a weather prophet, rainmaker and medicine man...Wovoka gained his greatest renown as the messiah or prophet of the 1890 Ghost Dance." Drawing upon extensive sources, Hittman describes how Wovoka, from his home in Yerington, became the religious savior for literally thousands of Native Americans from the Pacific coast, across the Mountain States and the Dakotas and into Oklahoma.
The Dance religion began with Wovoka's Great Revelation. On New Year's Day 1889, Wovoka had a religious revelation wherein he "died" and went to heaven. God gave him a dance and a message of peace to share with all people. He was to stress brotherhood among all Indian people, and between the Indian and White. Wovoka proclaimed his stirring message and taught his people the Ghost Dance, a round dance that lasted for five nights. Men and women, their fingers intertwined, shuffled sideways around a fire, dancing to the songs that Wovoka led.
Wovoka's teachings spread like prairie fire first among the Bannocks, the Shoshones and then to the Great Plains Indians and many other tribes. By 1890 delegations from tribes of the Arapahoe and the Cheyenne on the east, and from as far as the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, were visiting him in Mason Valley, all seeking to learn about the new religion. The Ghost Dance was eagerly accepted by Indian tribes as a hope to bring back the old ways before they had been dispossessed of their lands and forced onto reservations. Right up to his death on Sept. 29, 1932 at his home in the Yerington Indian Colony, Wovoka received letters from Indians all around the country addressing him as "Father." Today, his legacy lives on with the Ghost Dance tradition still practiced by some native American tribes.
The Federal Government, alarmed at the popularity of his Ghost Dance, stamped out this new faith. As he grew older, Wovoka withdrew from both whites and his Indian friends. He felt his mission failed, and he became disillusioned.
At the time of his death, the newspapers failed to mention it. Thus, departed a great Indian leader of North America.
(The above was taken in part from: This Was Nevada, Wovoka - "The Ghost Dance Prophet" By Marta Gonzalez-Collins and Lee Brumbaugh - Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs Web page.)
Accounts tell that Chief Winnemucca was born at the Sink of the Humboldt River. Accounts vary as to his age to the number of wives he had, and just what real relationship he bore to others of the Northern Paiute. Even disagreement exists concerning the meaning of his name. One source says it means "chief." Another says it means "charitable main" Another version says its translation says "one moccasin" and still another "man with a hole in his nose." The later comes from the fact that some pictures show him with a pierced nasal septum in which he wore a stick or a bone about four inches long.
Winnemucca, whose name is mentioned with the Battles of the Truckee and with the land around Pyramid Lake, had traits of leadership and made many efforts (often overruled by younger leaders) to prevent open conflict with the whites. He and his family were given passes for free rides on the Central Pacific Railroad (now the Southern Pacific), with the use of the coach. The railroad officials found him to be a help, rather than a hindrance, in construction work. In return for his cooperation, he was given gifts and respect. The latter included the name of Winnemucca (which had been called Frenchman's ford) in his honor. He was honored by soldiers of the United States Army by the presentation to him of a uniform. Pictures of him show him wearing this uniform with a feeling of pride, honor, and respect Other pictures of Winnemucca show him wearing a feather headdress. Study shows that it was a ceremonial piece associated with Indians of Central California. It is, therefore, presumed he obtained this piece of finery from across the Sierras.
The illness and death of Winnemucca, because of his prominence, rated notice in the "San Francisco Call" of October15 and October21, 1882. The story told that the end came to him at Coppersmith Station, with his death attributed to his being bewitched by his young wife. The story further tells that soon after his death his young wife and three-year old child were stoned to death as punishment for causing Winnemucca's death.
The northern Paiute name Thocmetony (Shell-Flower) was bestowed on this valiant daughter of Chief Winnemucca and whose mother was the daughter of Captain Truckee. She and her father saw that the only hope for the Indians survival was in cooperation and submission rather than war. Sarah sought understanding between her people and whites when the latter trekked across and settled on Indian homelands. She saw, too, that an informed public could help the Indians' situation by bringing pressure upon the Department of Interior to appoint honest Indian agents.
Sarah's life is an interesting one and her book, (presumably the first in English by an Indian woman) "Life Among the Paiutes," gives some of the details of information. In it, she indicates that she was born in 1844, although in information she gave the Virginia City "Enterprise," she stated that her birth was 1848.
Further study of Sarah's life include the fact that she attended school in San Jose, California, as did two of her sisters (Mary and Emma). It is said she married at least three times, each time her husband being a white man. These, it is said, were a Mr. Snyder who died while enroute to Germany for a visit; Lt. Bartlett of the United States Army (with whom she lived only a short time); and a man named Hopkins whose name she still used when she had her book, Life Among the Paiutes, published in 1883.
The meaning of her name varies according to the different historians, but, in her book she gives it as Thocmetony or "shell flower."
Sometime in the late 1870's, Sarah began to give public lectures on Indian life and on the outrageous treatment of the Nevada Indians by the Federal Government She visited San Francisco several times for this purpose and had summaries of her talks printed in the 1880's in the newspapers of the day--the "Call," "Alta," and "Union." Gaining fame, she went to the East where she met with such literary figures as Mrs. Horace Mann who helped her get her book printed by a Boston Publisher.
It appears that Sarah, through her book, was able to stir up public opinion and interest. In 1878, the Secretary of the Department of the Interior asked her, her father (Old Winnemucca) and her brother (Natchez) to come to Washington at government expense for an interview. The Washington official, Secretary Schurz, told her to go home and tell her people they would be given canvas for tents and food. This she did, but, according to her book, the government did not fulfill its promise and her people continued in misery and suffering.
Her selfless motives, tremendous energy, and high purpose in behalf of her people made her a person admired in the history of the Far West. In history books, she is often pictured in her lecture costume. The description from the "San Francisco Call" of October 18, 1883, says "Her apparel was of dressed deerskin buff-colored and heavily fringed with beads, reaching a little below her knees and displaying her legs encased in red leather leggings and a pair of moccasins trimmed to match her dress. The pendant at her side was a handsomely embroidered pouch. Her black hair, which reached below her waist, was brushed smoothly back from her forehead."
The date and place of Sarah's death are not known (perhaps files of the Territorial Enterprise would make them available). One of the last pieces of information concerning her appeared in the Virginia City paper of January 14, 1879. In it, it told of a son of hers who was attending a school in Silver City.
Although she was commonly looked down on as "a low, dirty,
common Indian," a Major (unknown) of the U.S. Army and Superintendent of Indian
Affairs wrote this opinion of Sarah: "Sarah Winnemucca is an educated woman of
good sense and evinces what I believe to be an accurate appreciation of the condition of
This exceptional Indian woman, a leader of her race, believed in the brotherhood of mankind.
(The above was taken in part from the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs Web page.)
Captain Truckee is claimed to have been the father of Chief Winnemucca. Other sources disclaim this statement. At any rate, Captain Truckee was a famous guide. He first became known in Nevada history in October, 1844, at the site of the Humboldt Sink. Here he became attached to the Stevens-Townshend Murphy emigrant party. One of the party members gave him his name after a French-Canadian scout whom he knew. This name was also applied to the river they followed. Here again is a point of contradiction. Most authorities of history give the credit of the naming of the flyer to the famous scout, John C. Fremont. (Incidentally, the first name of the river was the Salmon Trout River.)
Truckee, who was a chief of the Northern Paiute (Paviotso) Tribe, with a parry of twelve men went with Fremont to California and took pan in the fighting against the Mexicans. It is further written that he and his brother joined emigrants and accompanied the California Battalion on its march from Monterey to Los Angeles. Later, he returned to the Nevada area where he lived in the Humboldt River region.
His death at Como, which occurred in October, 1860, was attributed to a
tarantula bite. He was buried on a mountain ridge of this Lyon County region beneath a piñon tree. In his grave
was placed a small Bible given to him by Fremont.
Other Indian Notables
Notice must be made of some other Indians mentioned in the history of Nevada. While information on their life's story is somewhat limited, these facts might prove of interest.
Johnson Sides had been taken in by the Sides family, thus his name. He lived on their ranch and, in addition to his work, studied and learned to speak English and French. He also spoke several Indian dialects. He was employed by the United States Army as a peacemaker. As an adult he was frequently called upon to negotiate between Native American groups and the encroaching settlers. His skill in this endeavor is attested by the fact that he was held in high regard by both Native Americans and the U.S. government. In his duties, he wore an army uniform and an army field hat. For his work, he was given a medal of which he was very proud.
Taken in part from an original source: Dunn, Helen. Indians of Nevada. Published by the Nevada Department of Education, 1973. And in part from the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs Web Page.
When white intruders first entered the area that is now southern Nevada, the
region was the hunting and gathering range of the Southern Paiute Indians. For
over six hundred years, Paiutes had utilized the animal and vegetable resources of the
washes and river basins. Among the principal vegetation resources for these people
were agave, mesquite and screw beans, and, in the autumn, the extremely important [piñon]
pine nuts of the Spring Mountain. Jackrabbits were a main animal food, though
mountain sheep and deer were occasionally hunted. In the valley of the Muddy River,
Southern Paiutes grew small crops of corn and squash.
Although only three tribes were found when white man first entered into Nevada, there have been other tribes to inhabit the area. Some time around 500-600 A.D. the Pueblos first entered from Arizona territory through the Boulder Dam area. They are believed to be the ancestors to the Hopi of Arizona. The Pueblos are said to have departed around 800-900 A.D.
The Walapai lived near the mouth to the Grand Canyon, near the head of what is now Lake Mead.
The Mohave lived down the Colorado river, some distance from Boulder Dam, but often made their way into the territory now covered by Lake Mead.
South of the Paiutes lived the tribe of the Chemeheuvi. Although they spoke a different language than the Paiute, they lived similar, and had similar costumes, pottery and baskets as the Paiutes.
Today, Paiute, Shoshone, Goshute, and Washo reservations are found in Nevada. There are approximately 21 Indian Reservations and Colonies in Nevada.
In Carson City The Stewart Indian Cultural Center, once an Indian School, displays one of Nevada's most extensive collections of Indian artifacts.
Churchill County Historical Museum, located in Fallon, offers visitors a collection of native American artifacts, as well as a gun collection, china, quilts, and other historical items.
The Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada's oldest state park features one of many displays of ancient Indian petroglyphs.
Red Rock Canyon, 16 miles west of Las Vegas, was once the home to the Paiutes more than 900 years ago. Evidence of their existence can be seen in the petroglyphs they left behind.
A Collection of Stories on
Native Americans In Nevada's History
America's Last Indian Battle
The last Indian battle fought in America
was fought at Little High Rock Canyon, on Northwestern Washoe County Nevada, March
|The Rise and Fall of Native
in early Nevada History
More than 175 years ago the Great Basin was an unyielding opposition to the white men that
dared to cross the forbidden territory. Even now, though modern technology makes the
crossing seem insignificant by comparison, much of the land still remains unfit for
habitation by man or beast.
|1833 - October 4th - First battle
between whites and Indians in Nevada at Humboldt Sink, many Indians killed.
1834 June - Second battle fought at ToulonLake (Pershing) on Walker's return trip, trappers armed with rifles again defeated the Indians, probably Northern Paiutes.
1844 - Northern Paiute Indian Chief Truckee and Caleb Greenwood guided the Elisha Stephens wagon train of overland emigrants into California over Emigrant Gap. First wagons to cross Sierra Nevada mountains. Opened TruckeeRiver section of California Trail (road included much of present Interstate 80).
1851 - Summer - California sent a militia expedition to CarsonValley during second El Dorado County Indian War. Small garrison commanded by William Byrne wintered at Mormon Station.
August-September - Indian fights along Humboldt River; William Hickman led emigrant party in battles, reportedly killing 82 Indians.
November - Absalom Woodward and U. S. Mail party ambushed and killed by Indians on Humboldt River; mail lost.
1855 - Utah Superintendence established a number of farms or small reserves for the Shoshone Indians.
August 7 - Treaty of Friendship between U.S.and Western Shoshone Indians signed at Haws' Ranch on Humboldt River by Indian Agent Garland Hurt and ten principal men of the Western Shoshone tribes. The treaty was not ratified by Congress.
Treaty of Friendship between settlers of Carson Valley and the Northern Paiute tribe of Indians, represented by Chief Winnemucca. The terms of the treaty provided that Paiute tribal justice would punish Paiute Indians accused of killing or robbing whites, where the criminals could be identified, and likewise whites who killed or stole from Paiutes would be punished by the settler's government. The treaty expressly disapproved of indiscriminate revenge or reprisal; it was not ratified by Congress, but settled relations between the whites and Northern Paiutes until the Pyramid Lake War of 1860.
1857 - Petition for territorial status claimed 7-8,000 settlers and 100-125,000 Indians (later revised downward to 25,000).
September-October - War scares between Washo Indians and settlers at Genoa and Honey Lake.
1859 - December 8: Pyramid Lake and Walker Lake Reservations set aside by U. S. Government for Northern Paiute Indians; reservations formally established by executive order of President U. S. Grant on March 23, 1874.
William 'Uncle Billy' Rogers, Indian sub-agent, settled in Ruby Valley in Elko County. He was the first rancher there and established a farm for the Shoshone Indians.
1860 - May 7-8 - Pyramid Lake Paiute War. Started when Indians killed several whites at Williams Station in Lyon County on big bend of Carson River.
May 12 - Punitive force of whites led by Major William M. Ormsby and others were defeated by Northern Paiute Indians under Numaga ('Young Winnemucca') at first Battle of Pyramid Lake in Washoe County. Ormsby and many others were killed. Second Battle of Pyramid Lake June 2 resulted in defeat of Indians by California militia and U. S. Army troops.
Fort Churchill established on Carson River near Bucklands Station to protect travelers on the overland routes and to watch the Northern Paiutes; abandoned March 1870.
1862 - May 23 - Meeting of Governor James W. Nye with the principal chiefs of the Northern Paiute Indians, including Winnemucca and Numaga, at the big bend of the Truckee River, near Wadsworth in Washoe County. As a sign of peace and friendship the Indians and whites exchanged presents. This meeting allied many of the Paiute chiefs to a peace policy.
1863 - January 29 - Battle of Bear River in Cache Valley, Idaho, between Shoshone Indians and California volunteer militia under General Patrick E. Connor. Indian defeat broke Shoshone power in northern Nevada.
March 22 - Goshute Indians, led by Chief White Horse, attacked Eight Mile Station and the overland mail stagecoach, starting the Goshute War with white settlers of eastern Nevada.
May 1-5 - Fighting on Duck Creek.
May 6 - Battle at Spring Valley resulted in defeat of Goshutes by Captain S. P. Smith's command of California volunteer cavalry.
July - Indians attacked Canon Station.
August - Campaign by soldiers in Steptoe Valley.
October - Goshutes asked for peace. Seven stagecoach stations were attacked and burned during the war.
October 1 - Treaty between Governor James W. Nye and 12 principal men of the Shoshone Indians at Ruby Valley, later ratified by Congress.
October - Indian war scare at Como when Paiutes protested against woodcutters destroying the Indians' pine nut groves.
October-December - Carson Sink Indian war scare over the murder of Walker Lake Paiute Chief E-zed-wa October 25 near Fort Churchill.
1865 - March-July - Paradise Valley Indian War in Humboldt County. Fighting began with attacks along National Wagon Road.
March 14 - Captain A. B. Wells attacked and destroyed Paiute camp near Mud Lake near Winnemucca.
April 5 - Raids began in Paradise Valley on white settlers by Paiute, Bannock, and Shoshone Indians led by 'Black Rock Tom'.
April 6 - Battle with Nevada volunteer troops.
April 15 - Battle with settlers near Kane Springs.
May - Settlers formed paramilitary colonies.
May 20 - The Battle of Table Mountain commences north of Paradise Valley. Paiute leader Zelauwick and his supporters defeat Captain Almond Wells and a small cavalry from Fort McDermitt.
July 26 - Battle with Nevada volunteers.
Fighting continued with Quinn River Indian War;
'Black Rock Tom' surrendered himself and was shot August 11 in Spring Canyon, near Unionville in Pershing County.
August 7 - August-December: Quinn River Indian War in Humboldt County. Colonel Charles McDermit ambushed and killed at Quinn River by Indians.
September 12 - Soldiers killed 35 Indians in battle.
120 Indians of Black Rock Tom's Band killed November 17 by soldiers and Paiute Indians of Captain Soo's Band
Army established Fort McDermitt on Quinn River (became Indian reservation 1889).
1866 - January - Indians massacred company of Chinese travelers along Idaho Road in the Quinn River Valley in Humboldt County, 95 Chinese killed, five escaped.
January 12 - Soldiers of Captain C. D. Conrad's command killed 40 Indians in battle at Fish Creek in.
1871 - Congress made Camp McGarry an Indian reservation.
1872 - March 12 - President U. S. Grant established Moapa Indian Reservation by executive order. The order was cancelled and re-established in another spot by another executive order February 12, 1874. Original reservation included about 3,900 square miles but was reduced by Congress in 1875 to 1,000 acres then increased by executive orders in 1912. The land was allocated to Indians 1914.
1875 - Establishment of Indian reservations by executive order.
September - Goshute Indian war scare in White Pine County.
1877 - April 16 - Executive order established U. S. Indian reservation at Duck Valley and Carlin Farms. Carlin Farms Reservation discontinued 1879.
1878 - March 1 - Day school for Indians opened by Indian agent at Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation. Enlarged to boarding school 1882.
May 30 - Suffering from severe famine and receiving no help from the US government, the Bannock Indians led by Chief Buffalo Horn and joined by the Northern Paiute Indians of Nevada (to whom the Bannocks were closely related) fled from the Fort Hall Reservation in southeastern Idaho in 1878. War began between whites and the Bannock and Paiute Indians when the Indians raided white settlements in search of food. Indians were defeated after several pitched battles. US cavalry under General Oliver Otis Howard (1830-1909), sent to crush the Bannocks, won two battles against the Indians in southern Idaho. After the massacre of about 140 Bannock men, women and children at Charles' Ford in present-day Wyoming, the remaining Indians gave up and returned to the reservation. Buffalo Horn was killed by U. S. Army troops. Nevada militia participated in the warfare which took place in the northern part of the state and southern Idaho.
1882 - Indian agent at Walker Lake Paiute Reservation opened day school for Indians in Mineral County.
1883 - Nevada Indian Agency established Indian police force.
1886 - Three judge Court of Indian Offenses established for Nevada Indian Agency to adjudicate crimes committed by Indians.
1887 - February 8 - Dawes or Indian Allotment Act passed by Congress, provided for allotment of reservation lands to individual tribal members. Was intended to encourage Indians to give up wandering and individually cultivate their own land instead. Of the approximate 138 million acres in Indian possession 1887, about 2/3 had passed to white ownership by 1934.
Legislature established Indian school.
1889 - Congress established a Paiute and Shoshone Indian Reservation at Fort McDermitt. Dispersed in allotments to Indians 1892; re-allotted 1903; enlarged 1936, 1940, 1941, 1943, 1944, 1956; allotments given up 1959 and 1957.
Wovoka (Jack Wilson, 1856-1932, Northern Paiute) revived the 'Ghost Dance' movement at Walker Lake Paiute Reservation which spread through Midwest and frightened whites. Wovoka's teachings influenced the Plains Indians and precipitated a battle between the U. S. Army and the Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee Reservation in South Dakota on December 29, 1890. It was to be the last large, major Indian battle in U. S. The movement died out after 1891.
1890 - Indian lands allotted at Stillwater in Churchill County. Additional allocations were made in 1893-94 then cancelled on August 15, 1906.
1891 - Stewart Indian School opened outside Carson City.
1893 - Congress began giving land allotments in the Pine Nut Mountains in Douglas County to Washoe Indians; ended 1910.
1902 - Congress passed Interior Appropriation Bill with amendment providing for Walker Lake Paiute Indian Reservation to be allotted to individual Indians. Allotment agreement concluded July 20, 1906 with huge Indian celebration at Walker Lake. Reservation opened to settlement of whites after presidential proclamation October 29, 1906.
1906 - July 20 - Walker River Indian Reservation opened for allotments and broken up.
August 15 - Fallon Indian Reservation established by Congress. Enlarged November 21, 1917 and again on March 14, 1958.
1909 - Walker River Indian Agency created.
1911 - Last Indian uprising in the U.S. A band of renegade Indians led by 'Shoshone Mike' killed four stockmen in northern Washoe County in January. State police officers and a sheriff's posse broke up the band and killed 'Shoshone Mike' north of Golconda on February 26, 1911.
Helen J. Stewart started Las Vegas Indian Colony in conjunction with U. S. Government.
1914 - March 23 - Executive order of President Taft established Goshute Indian Reservation at Deep Creek in White Pine County.
1917 - President Woodrow Wilson established Battle Mountain Indian Colony by executive order.
Congress began purchasing land for Washoe Indians. January-February, Carson Indian Colony acquired.
Bureau of Indian Affairs created Yerington Reservation for Paiute Indians in Lyon County.
Bureau of Indian Affairs established Reno-Sparks Indian Colony. It was enlarged in 1926.
1918 - March 15 - Executive order of President Woodrow Wilson added 34,000 acres to Walker Lake Indian Agency.
President Woodrow Wilson established Elko Indian Colony by executive order; relocated 1931.
1924 - June 2 - Congress passed law making all native-born American Indians U. S. citizens.
1926 - Congress abolished the Bishop Indian Agency in California merging it with the Walker River Indian Agency and the Fallon Indian Colony and Reservations.
1928 - Congress added 69,000 acres of grazing land to Walker Lake Indian Agency.
1929 - Peyotism, a religion of some Native North Americans in which the hallucinogenic peyote cactus is used, was introduced to Pyramid Lake Paiutes by an outside Indian Lee Okio.
1931 - Federal Government established Fly Indian Colony in White Pine County.
1932 - June 28 - Indians made subject by congressional act to local laws for major crimes.
1934 - June - Congress passed Wheeler-Howard or Indian Reorganization Act which provided for tribal self-government under congressionally-approved constitutions; it stopped allotment system and enabled tribes to purchase additional land.
Land in Wassuk Mountain Range set aside by executive order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt for Walker River Indian Irrigation District.
1935 - Walker River Agency abolished the Carson Indian Agency consolidating it as a sub-agency within the Bureau of Indian Affairs of the U. S. Department of Interior.
1936 - April 20 - Congress approved constitution and by-laws of Shoshone-Paiute tribes of Duck Valley Indian Reservation.
December 10 - Bureau of Indian Affairs authorized approval to purchase Campbell Ranch near Yerington as Paiute Indian Colony. It was enlarged 1941.
Peyotism introduced to Washoe Indians by Ben Lancaster.
1937 - February 27 - Washoe Indians issued corporate charter and became formally organized. Tribal Council organized 1966.
U. S. Government established Yomba or Reese River Indian Reservation in Lander County, expanded 1940, 1941.
1938 - Pyramid Lake Paiutes sued to remove squatters, get their share of Truckee River water and preserve the lake. Supreme Court in 1944 gave squatters 7 more years to vacate lands
1940 - November 13 - Department of Interior approved purchase of land for Duckwater Indian Reservation.
1944 - National Congress of American Indians established.
1947 - Nevada Legislature created the Indian Education Division of the State Department of Education.
1953 - Transfer of control of Indian affairs to the states.
1973 - Legislature designated Indian Affairs Commission changed to Nevada Indians Commission, and the Nevada Indian Advisory Committee for Indian Education.
1980 - Stewart Indian School closed, reopened as Museum in 1982.
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UNITED STATES TREATY WITH THE WESTERN SHOSHONI, 1863
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CULTURE AREAS OF NATIVE AMERICANS
(Know your Nevada Indians, a publication of the Nevada State Department of Education. Reprint 1972.)
NATIVE AMERICANS TODAY
(Dunn, Helen. Indians of Nevada. Published by the Nevada Department of Education, 1973.)
|Battle Mountain Colony||Shoshone||Battle Mountain, NV||State|
|Duck Valley Reservation||Shoshone-Paiute||Owyhee, NV||Federal|
|Duckwater Reservation||Shoshone||Currant, NV||State|
|Ely Indian Colony||Shoshone||Ely, NV||State|
|Fallon Res. * Colony||Paiute-Shoshone||Fallon, NV||Federal|
|Fort McDermitt Res.||Paiute-Shoshone||McDermitt, NV||State|
|Goshute Reservation||Goshute||Wendover, UT||State|
|Las Vegas Colony||Paiute||Las Vegas, NV||Federal|
|Lovelock Colony||Paiute||Lovelock, NV||State|
|Moapa Reservation||Paiute||Las Vegas, NV||Federal|
|Pyramid Lake Res.||Paiute||Pyramid Lake, NV||Federal|
|Reno-Sparks Colony||Paiute-Washoe||Reno, NV||State|
|Elko Colony||Shoshone||Elko, NV||State|
|Walker River Res.||Paiute||Schurz, NV||Federal|
|Carson Colony||Washoe||Carson City, NV||State|
|Dresslerville Colony||Washoe||Dresslerville, NV||State|
|Yerington Res. & Colony||Paiute||Yerington, NV||Federal|
|Woodsford Community||Washoe||Alpine County, CA||State|
|Winnemucca Colony||Paiute||Winnemucca, NV||State|
|Yomba Reservation||Shoshone||Austin, NV||State|
|Snow Mountain||Paiute||Las Vegas, NV||Federal|
GENERAL AREAS FOR NEVADAN INDIANS
CULTURAL CHRONOLOGY, SOUTHERN NEVADA
(Know Your Nevada Indians. a publication of the Nevada State Department of Education,
Reprint 1973. Err-8)
|1776 to 1910-1915||HISTORIC PERIOD. SOUTHERN PALUTE. Primarily gathering,
|1000 AD to 1776||SOUTHERN PAIUTE
|300 BC to 1150 AD||ANASAZI (BASKETMAKER). Lost City, Nevada. Development from
hunting and gathering to agriculture. Pithouses to surface villages. Development of
pottery. Sedentary people.
|2000 BC to 50 BC||PINTO GYPSUM. Gypsum Cave, Stuart Rockshelter. Surface at
Tule Springs. Primarily hunters, some gathering. Nomadic.
|3550 to 2050 BC||CORN CREEK DUNES. Corn Creek Ranger Station. Crude chopping
tools, leaf-shaped projectile points. Hunting and gathering economy. Way station between
|10,000 to 8000 BC||TITLE SPRINGS. Hunting. Streamside.
|12,000 to 10,000 BC||TITLE SPRINGS. Possible bone tools. Hunting economy. Streamside.|
|Basketmaker II||300 BC to 500 AD Caves and rockshelters. Round, deep pithouses. Gathered
Atlatl and dart.
|Basketmaker III||500 AD to 700 AD Pithouse villages.
Corn and squash culture.
|Pueblo I and II||700 AD to 1100 AD Population maximum
Pithouses and surface pueblos of adobe and stone.
Mined salt & turquoise.
INCURSION OF PAJUTES
Early Pueblo 111 1100 to 1150 AD Population dwindled.
|GYPSUM CAVE||8,000 to 10,000 years ago man camped here. Bones of humans,
camels, sloth, and primitive horses were uncovered here.
|LEONARD ROCKSHELTER||Near the Humboldt Sink, human bones were found here that
dated 11,000 years old. Dart points date 7,000 years old, and hand-woven baskets, 5,700
|LOVELOCK CAVE||Once located near Lake Lahontan, many unusual artifacts have
been found here, like rabbit nets (used in hunting), and woven bowls. Lovelock Cave people
also created decoy ducks, and had knowledge of the dart.
|TULE SPRINGS||This was the largest interdisciplinary investigation of a
site ever completed in the U.S.A.
Evidence of man in this area suggests it was inhabited more than 28,000 years ago.
Lower vertebrates: few scraps of frog.
Birds: Coots (1 extinct form(, owl, giant condor (extinct), large goose.
Mammal: ground sloth, jackrabbit, mouse kangaroo rat, coyote, puma, giant jaguar, Columbian mammoth, equus (horse), camels, deer, bison.
The remains at Tule Springs reflect a gradual change in environment.
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