Bishop Paiute Tribe

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Bishop Paiute Tribe
Bishop paiute women 1940.jpg
Bishop Paiute women's Labor Day parade float, 1940
Total population
Regions with significant populations
 United States ( California)
Mono, Timbisha, English
Related ethnic groups
other Northern Paiute and Timbisha peoples

The Bishop Paiute Tribe, formerly known as the Paiute-Shoshone Indians of the Bishop Community of the Bishop Colony is a federally recognized tribe of Mono and Timbisha Indians of the Owens Valley, in Inyo County of eastern California.[1] As of the 2010 Census the population was 1,588.[2]


The Bishop Paiute Tribe has a federal reservation, the Bishop Community of the Bishop Colony (37°21′58″N 118°25′22″W / 37.36611°N 118.42278°W / 37.36611; -118.42278), in the upper Owens Valley, above the city of Bishop, California. The reservation is on the lower slopes and alluvial fan of the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains and is 877 acres (3.55 km2) in size.[1] Approximately 1,441 tribal members live on the reservation.[1] The reservation was established in 1912. In 1990, 934 people were enrolled in the federally recognized tribe.[3]


The tribe is governed by a democratically elected tribal council. The current administration is as follows:

  • Council chairman: Gerald Howard
  • Vice Chair: Deston Rogers
  • Secretary: Gertrude “Lynn” Brown
  • Councilmember: Bill Vega
  • Councilmember: William “Bill” Turner [4]


The Bishop Community traditionally spoke both the Timbisha language and Mono language, both of which are part of the Numic branch of the Uto-Aztecan language family. Timbisha is in the Central Numic and Mono is in the Western Numic divisions.[5]


The tribe's headquarters is located in Bishop, California. The tribe is governed by an elected five-member tribal council. With over 2000 enrolled members, the Bishop Community is the Fifth largest Native American tribe in California.[6] The tribe has its own tribal court and many programs for its members. For economic development, the Bishop Community created the Paiute Palace Casino and Tu-Kah Novie restaurant in Bishop.[7]

Owens Valley Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center[edit]

The tribe operates the Owens Valley Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center located in Bishop, California. The center displays art and artifacts from area Paiute and Shoshone tribes and has an active repatriation program through NAGPRA. Their museum store sells contemporary beadwork, basketry, jewelry, quillwork, and educational materials.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d "California Indians and Their Reservations: Bishop Reservation." San Diego State University Library and Information Access. 2011. Retrieved 4 Sept 2013.
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  3. ^ Pritzker, 241
  4. ^ "Tribal Council." The Bishop Paiute Tribe. Retrieved 13 Aug 2015.
  5. ^ "Northern Paiute." Four Directions Institute. (retrieved 8 Dec 2009)
  6. ^ "Tribal History." Bishop Paiute Tribe. 2009 (retrieved 8 Dec 2009)
  7. ^ "Paiute Palace Casino Bishop." 500 Nations. (retrieved 8 Dec 2009)
  8. ^ OVPSCC-Museum. (retrieved 16 Dec 2009)

See also[edit]


  • Pritzker, Barry M. A Native American Encyclopedia: History, Culture, and Peoples. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. ISBN 978-0-19-513877-1.

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Coordinates: 37°21′58″N 118°25′21″W / 37.36611°N 118.42250°W / 37.36611; -118.42250