Doing Business with Native American Tribes in Nevada– Part 1

Those entering into a business relationship with a Native American Indian tribe[1] or in Indian Country[2] would be well served to understand the unique landscape of tribal law which gives rise to both challenges and rewards.  19 tribes in Nevada are recognized and eligible to receive services from the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs (“BIA”).[3]  They are:

  • Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation (Nevada and Utah)
  • Duckwater Shoshone Tribe of the Duckwater Reservation
  • Ely Shoshone Tribe of Nevada
  • Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribes of the Fort McDermitt Indian Reservation (Nevada and Oregon)
  • Fort Mojave Indian Tribe (Arizona, California and Nevada)
  • Las Vegas Tribe of Paiute Indians of the Las Vegas Indian Colony
  • Lovelock Paiute Tribe of the Lovelock Indian Colony
  • Moapa Band of Paiute Indians of the Moapa River Indian Reservation
  • Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of the Fallon Reservation and Colony
  • Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe of the Pyramid Lake Reservation
  • Reno-Sparks Indian Colony
  • Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation
  • Summit Lake Paiute Tribe of Nevada
  • Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians of Nevada (Four constituent bands: Battle Mountain Band; Elko Band; South Fork Band; Wells Band)
  • Walker River Paiute Tribe of the Walker River Reservation
  • Washoe Tribe (Nevada and California) (Carson Colony, Dresslerville Colony, Woodfords Community, Stewart Community and Washoe Ranches)
  • Winnemucca Indian Colony of Nevada
  • Yerington Paiute Tribe of the Yerington Colony & Campbell Ranch
  • Yomba Shoshone Tribe of the Yomba Reservation

This is the first in a series of articles on doing business with Native American Indian Tribes within the State of Nevada.




[1] Native American, American Indian, and Indian are used interchangeably in this article without any intention of insulting the rich history of the indigenous peoples of the Americas.  Similarly, some Native American governments refer to themselves as a tribe, nation, band, village, etc.  For uniformity, this article will use the term tribe without any intention to insult.

[2] Defined by 18 U.S.C. § 1151 as: “(a) all land within the limits of any Indian reservation under the jurisdiction of the United States Government, notwithstanding the issuance of any patent, and, including rights-of-way running through the reservation, (b) all dependent Indian communities within the borders of the United States whether within the original or subsequently acquired territory thereof, and whether within or without the limits of a State, and (c) all Indian allotments, the Indian titles to which have not been extinguished, including rights-of-way running through the same.”

[3] 80 Fed. Reg. 9 (January 14, 2015).

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