Native Americans in Clark
Although twenty-seven tribes at one time or another were
in Nevada, only four are given much attention: Northern Paiute, Shoshonean,
Southern Pahute and Washos. Here in Southern Nevada, the Southern Pahutes are
Federally recognized as the "Moapa River Band of Pahutes". A second Pahute Band
is known as the Las Vegas Pahute Tribe.
According to John Wesley
name of tribe
Pah-ute is a branch of Ute and a division of Shoshonean Indians.
Pah-Ute meaning "water Ute" or "Ute who lives near water". It is more
often spelled Paiute or Piute.
Living in such severe and barren environment, the
Southern Pahutes hunted small animals, gathered berries and nuts. Pine nuts were
especially hunted. They were not very ornamental with necklaces, earrings and
the like as they viewed it as materialistic and Nevada Indians were more
interested in utilitarian skills such as basket weaving. Life centered around
the family and the highest social unit was the Band.
The Moapa River Indian Reservation is located north of
Las Vegas encompassing part of the Muddy River. The Indian Smoke Shops are
listed under Tribal Enterprises. Gambling is present in the form of slot
machines at these locations. Pertinent phone listings are at the website
The Las Vegas Paiute Tribe is located in downtown Las
Vegas, Nevada. It is on land donated by Helen Stewart, widow of Archibald
Stewart. There is a Smoke Shop at this location as well.
In early years of census taking, a portion of the Ft.
Mojave Indian Reservation was located in the then "Pah Ute County" of Nevada. If
you are interested in this enumeration, please check either the Lincoln County
or Clark County census pages. Also included are the Moapa Pahute Indian Rolls.
Bureau of Indian
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