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Las Vegas in Clark County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Las Vegas Paiute Colony

1911

 
 
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By Michael Kindig, July 4, 2009
1. Las Vegas Paiute Colony Marker
Inscription. The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) bought this ten-acre site in 1911 from Helen J. Stewart, former owner of the Las Vegas Ranch, to provide a home for the Southern Paiute Indians living in and near Las Vegas. With this purchase, the government officially recognized the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe.

Paiutes displaced from traditional lands needed a place to live in Las Vegas where they could find work and services. The BIA created this small reservation to improve government supervision of these "scattered" Indians and protect them from being chased off by white settlers. A school opened here in the fall of 1912 but closed after a few months because the students left the city with their parents to work outside Las Vegas or gather pine nuts in the mountains. Living conditions here were very poor until the 1960s, when the federal government stepped in to build homes, pave streets and bring in city water.

The colony houses people who work in the city. The Tribal Council has its offices here and operates the Smoke Shop. Tribal members share in the profits. In 1983, Congress added 3,800 acres northwest of the city to Las vegas Paiute holdings where some tribal members now live. The tribe also developed a portion as the Snow Mountain Resort, with a golf course, mini-mart and gas station.
 
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By Michael Kindig, July 4, 2009
2. Las Vegas Paiute Colony Marker
Las Vegas Pioneer Trail. (Marker Number 13.)
 
Location. 36° 11.072′ N, 115° 8.288′ W. Marker is in Las Vegas, Nevada, in Clark County. Marker is at the intersection of North Main Street and Paiute Drive, on the right when traveling south on North Main Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1225 North Main Street, Las Vegas NV 89101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Woodlawn Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Woodlawn Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Las Vegas Post Office (approx. 0.4 miles away); Las Vegas Fort (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old Mormon Fort (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Las Vegas Mormon Fort (approx. 0.4 miles away); Westside School (approx. half a mile away); Moody House (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Las Vegas.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Pioneer Trail - West Las Vegas
 
Also see . . .  Pioneer Trail Brochure. The Pioneer Trail is the vision of the West Las Vegas community that wanted to celebrate the history of West Las Vegas and the early pioneers that settled the area and contributed to its culture and heritage.
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By Michael Kindig, July 4, 2009
3. Smoke Shop
A community group was formed to interview long-time residents and research the history of the area. The result was an extensive oral history collection and access to photographic archives that wove a tale of dreams realized and lost, civil rights victories, speakeasies and the development of a strong community, ethnically diverse and culturally rich. (Submitted on December 8, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 595 times since then and 7 times this year. Last updated on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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