Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation

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Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation
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Welcome sign in Ibapah, Utah
Total population
539 enrolled members [1]
Regions with significant populations
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Shoshoni language, English
Native American Church, Mormonism [2]
Related ethnic groups
other Western Shoshone peoples, Ute people

The Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation is located in Juab County, Utah, Tooele County, Utah, and White Pine County, Nevada, United States. [3] It is one of two federally recognized tribes of Goshute people, the other being the Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians of Utah.

Juab County, Utah U.S. county in Utah

Juab County is a county in western Utah, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 10,246. Its county seat and largest city is Nephi.

Tooele County, Utah county in Utah, United States

Tooele County is a county in the U.S. state of Utah. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 58,218. Its county seat and largest city is Tooele. The county was created in 1850 and organized the following year.

White Pine County, Nevada County in Nevada

White Pine County is a largely rural, mountain county along the central eastern boundary of the U.S. state of Nevada. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,030. Its county seat is Ely. The name "White Pine" is an old name for the Limber Pine, a common tree in the county's mountains.


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Map of the Goshute Reservation


The tribe's headquarters is in Ibapah, Utah, which is an English adaption form a native Goshute term, either from Ai'ba-pa (one name of the last chief of the tribe who was also known under the common chieftain name ta'bi) or from Ai-bim-pa / Ai'bĭm-pa ("White Clay Water" referring to the nearby Deep Creek). [1] Their own name is Aipimpaa Newe ("People of Deep Creek Valley").

Ibapah, Utah Unincorporated community in Utah, United States

Ibapah is a small unincorporated community in far western Tooele County, Utah, United States, near the Nevada state line.

Deep Creek is stream in Tooele County, Utah. Deep Creek, heads in Deep Creek Valley at an elevation of 5,282 feet /1,610 meters, at the confluence of West Deep Creek and East Deep Creek at 40°01′51″N113°59′40″W. From there it flows northeast to dissipate in the Great Salt Lake Desert at an elevation of 4,255 feet / 1,297 meters. At times of high water the stream may flow to Tank Wash 11 miles north northeast of Gold Hill.

Deep Creek Valley valley in Juab and Tooele counties in Utah, United States

Deep Creek Valley is a 35-mile (56 km) long valley located in southwest Tooele County at the Utah-Nevada border; the extreme south of the valley is in northwest Juab County. The valley parallels the west flank of the Deep Creek Range, both north-trending. In the north-northeast, its outlet widens into the southwest of the Great Salt Lake Desert region.


Approximately 200 tribal members live on the reservation, which is located in White Pine County in eastern Nevada and Juab, and Tooele Counties in western Utah. The reservation was established by Executive Order on May 20, 1912. Today, the reservation is 122,085 acres (494.06 km2) large. [1]

Indian reservation land managed by Native American tribes under the US Bureau of Indian Affairs

An Indian reservation is a legal designation for an area of land managed by a federally recognized Native American tribe under the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs rather than the state governments of the United States in which they are physically located. Each of the 326 Indian reservations in the United States is associated with a particular Native American nation. Not all of the country's 567 recognized tribes have a reservation—some tribes have more than one reservation, while some share reservations. In addition, because of past land allotments, leading to some sales to non–Native Americans, some reservations are severely fragmented, with each piece of tribal, individual, and privately held land being a separate enclave. This jumble of private and public real estate creates significant administrative, political, and legal difficulties.

Nevada U.S. state in the United States

Nevada is a state in the Western United States. It is bordered by Oregon to the northwest, Idaho to the northeast, California to the west, Arizona to the southeast, and Utah to the east. Nevada is the 7th most extensive, the 32nd most populous, but the 9th least densely populated of the U.S. states. Nearly three-quarters of Nevada's people live in Clark County, which contains the Las Vegas–Paradise metropolitan area where three of the state's four largest incorporated cities are located. Nevada's capital is Carson City.

Economic development

The local economy is focused on agriculture, and some tribal members ranch cattle and cultivate hay. [2]

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  1. 1 2 3 "Goshute Tribal Profile." Archived 2013-04-04 at the Wayback Machine Utah Division of Indian Affairs. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  2. 1 2 Pritzker, Barry (2000). A Native American Encyclopedia: History, Culture, and Peoples. Oxford. p. 242.
  3. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Goshute Reservation