Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians of Nevada
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|other Western Shoshone tribes|
The tribe organized under the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act. Western Shoshone elected a traditional council, led by Chief Muchach Temoak and his descendants, to create the new governments; however, the United States refused to recognize the traditional council and created the Te-Moaks Bands Council. Traditionalists did not feel adequately represented by this council and created the United Western Shoshone Legal Defense and Education Association, now known as the Sacred Lands Association in 1974. The traditionalists argued before the Indian Claims Commission (ICC) that the Te-Moak Bands Council did not speak for them and the tribe never gave up their title to their traditional lands. Their claims and appeal were rejected in 1979, when the ICC ruled that the Western Shoshone lost title to their lands in the Treaty of Ruby Valley in 1863. In 1980 the courts ruled that the lands were not ceded in 1863 but were lost on 6 December 1979. Despite appeals by the tribe, the US Supreme Court rules in 1985 that $26 million was paid to the tribe in 1979 for 24 million acres (97,000 km2) of land. The tribe is still fighting to reclaim their traditional lands today.
The tribe's corporate charter was approved in 1938 and their current constitution was amended in 1982.
The Te-Moak Tribe Council is headquartered in Elko, Nevada. The tribe is composed of four constituent bands. Their constitution allows for an unlimited number of reservations and Indian colonies to join the tribe.
Battle Mountain Band
This band governs the Battle Mountain reservation, at Battle Mountain, Nevada. Traditionally, they are the Tonomudza band of Shoshone. Their separate parcels of land total 683.3 acres (2.765 km2). Current reservation population is 165 and total tribal enrollment is 516. Their current band council includes:, in
The Elko Indian Colony, at  They govern 192.8 acres (0.780 km2) of federal trust lands. Tribal enrollment is 1,143. Only 6% of the band graduated from high school and their average per capita annual income is $7,000. They are headquartered in Elko, Nevada and their current band council is as follows:, was established in 1918.
- David Decker, Chairman
- Davis Gonzales, Vice Chairman
- Gerald Temoke
- Nick Knight
- vernon Thompson
- Leta Jim
South Fork Band
The South Fork and Odgers Ranch Indian Reservation, at Lee, Nevada in 1941 The Band governs 19,049 acres (77.09 km2) of land. 59 members live on the reservation and their total band enrollment is 176. Their current band council is as follows:, was established in
- Tyler Reynolds, Chairman
- Alice Tybo, Vice Chairman
- Brandon Reynolds
- Dallas Smales
- Gilbert Temoke
- Casey Franco, Chairman
- Steve Brady, Vice-Chairman
- Harvey Healy
- Steve Johnny
Notable Te-Moak Shoshone
- Ned Blackhawk, a Te-Moak historian and professor at Yale University
- Pritzker, 230
- Thomas et al, 264
- Schoppe-Hine, K. "Welcome." Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone. 2007 (retrieved 16 Dec 2009)
- Clemmer and Stewart, 549
- Pritzker, 241
- "Battle Mountain Election Results Finds A Familiar Face ." Te-Moak Tribe News Blog. 8 Dec 2011 (retrieved 26 Nov 2011)
- "Battle Mountain Band." Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone. (retrieved 16 Dec 2009)
- "Elko Band." Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone. (retrieved 16 Dec 2009)
- Pritzer, 242
- "South Fork Band." Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone. (retrieved 16 Dec 2009)
- Clemmer, Richard O. and Omer C. Stewart. "Treaties, Reservations, and Claims." D'Azevedo, Warren L., Volume Editor. Handbook of North American Indians, Volume 11: Great Basin. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1986. ISBN 978-0-16-004581-3.
- Pritzker, Barry M. A Native American Encyclopedia: History, Culture, and Peoples. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. ISBN 978-0-19-513877-1.
- Thomas, David Hurst, Lorann S. A. Pendleton, and Stephen C. Cappannari. "Western Shoshone." D'Azevedo, Warren L., Volume Editor. Handbook of North American Indians, Volume 11: Great Basin. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1986. ISBN 978-0-16-004581-3.