Duck Valley Indian Reservation
The Duck Valley Indian Reservation was established as a homeland for the federally recognized Shoshone-Paiute Tribe. It is isolated in the high desert of the western United States, and lies directly on the state line between Idaho and Nevada, the 42nd parallel.
The reservation, in the shape of a square, is almost evenly divided in land area between the two states, with the northern 50.2 percent in southern Owyhee County, Idaho and the southern 49.8 percent in northwestern Elko County, Nevada. The total land area is 450.391 square miles (1,166.5 km2). A resident population of 1,265 persons was reported in the 2000 census, more than 80 percent of whom lived on the Nevada side.
The only significant community is Owyhee, Nevada, at an elevation of 5,400 feet (1,650 m) above sea level. Owyhee is nearly equidistant from the two nearest major cities: 98 miles (158 km) north of Elko, Nevada and 97 miles (156 km) south of Mountain Home, Idaho.
On April 16, 1877, President Rutherford B. Hayes established the Duck Valley Western Shoshone Reservation by Executive Order; it was also used for Northern Paiute people. Despite the Native Americans having a designated reservation, local settlers and some politicians tried to force the tribal members off the valuable Duck Valley lands in 1884, suggesting they should join their Western Shoshone kinsmen at Fort Hall, Idaho. The bands' chiefs successfully resisted these efforts to be displaced from their lands.
Meanwhile, their Northern Paiute brethren joined up with another branch of Shoshone in the Bannock War of 1878. Survivors were sent to a prisoner-of-war camp at the Yakama Indian Reservation in Yakima County, Washington. Upon their release, the Northern Paiute returned to the Duck Valley. President Grover Cleveland expanded the reservation by Executive Order on May 4, 1886 to accommodate the Paiute.
President William Howard Taft expanded the reservation to its current size by Executive Order on July 1, 1910. It was unusual to have two federal government actions to enlarge the reservation after it was established; most federal actions were taken to reduce the size of Indian reservations.
- Coeur d'Alene Tribe, Idaho
- Fort McDermitt Indian Reservation, Oregon/Nevada
- Fort Hall Indian Reservation, Idaho
- Kootenai Tribe of Idaho
- Nez Perce people, Idaho
- Tina Manning, d. 1979, water rights activist and wife of American Indian Movement chairman, John Trudell, 1972-1979. (She and several family members were killed in a suspicious house fire.)
- - Idaho State Highway 51 heads north to Bruneau and on to Mountain Home and Interstate 84 (indirect connection via its Business Loop).
- - Nevada State Route 225 heads south to Elko and Interstate 80
- Duck Valley Shoshone-Paiute Tribes (official website)
- Duck Valley Indian Reservation, Idaho/Nevada United States Census Bureau