Paiutes: Did You Know?

  • The Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah consists of five separate bands, all recognized by the federal government. They live on five separate reservations throughout Southwestern Utah.
  • When white settlers arrived in Utah, Paiutes were already irrigating and farming corn, squash and other vegetables.
  • The Paiute are the only tribe in Utah who lost federal recognition during the termination policies of the 1950s. In 1980 they regained tribal status.
  • Paiute women are skilled in working with reeds, grasses, bark fibers, and twigs. They made cradles, mats, seed beaters, hats, and above all, baskets.
  • The Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah Health Department operates 4 medical clinics. The clinics are open on each of the Tribe's reservations.

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