Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone Tribe

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The Paiute-Shoshone Indians of the Lone Pine Community of the Lone Pine Reservation is a federally recognized tribe of Mono and Timbisha Native American Indians near Lone Pine in Inyo County, California. They are related to the Owens Valley Paiute.[1]


The Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshones traditionally spoke Northern Paiute, a numic branch of the Uto-Aztecan language family (Timbisha is Central Numic and Mono is Western Numic).[2]

Lone Pine Reservation[edit]

The Paiute-Shoshone Indians of the Lone Pine Community is a federal recognized tribe and reside on the reservation, the Lone Pine Indian Reservation in Inyo County, in central-eastern California, in the Owens River Valley on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The reservation is 237 acres (0.96 km2) large. Approximately 350[3] of the 1400 enrolled tribal members live on the reservation.[1] The reservation was established on April 20, 1939 through a land exchange negotiated between the Department of the Interior and the City of Los Angeles.[3] In 1990-1, 168 out of 296 enrolled members lived on reservation.[4] As of the 2010 Census the population was 212.[5]


The tribe is governed by a five-person tribal council, who are as follows:[4]

  • Melvin R. Joseph - Chairperson
  • Mary Wuester - Vice chairperson
  • Stacey Mike - Secretary
  • Janet Hansen - Treasurer
  • Beverly Newell - Trustee[6]

The Lone Pine Indian Community is headquartered in Lone Pine, California. They have their own public works department, environmental department, and tribal administration.[6]


  1. ^ a b California Indians and Their Reservations. San Diego State University Library and Information Access. 2009 (retrieved 8 Dec 2009)
  2. ^ "Northern Paiute." Four Directions Institute. (retrieved 8 Dec 2009)
  3. ^ a b "Home Page." Long Pine Paiute-Shoshone Reservation. (retrieved 8 Dec 2009)
  4. ^ a b Pritzker, 229
  5. ^ http://www.census.gov/2010census/popmap/ipmtext.php?fl=1970
  6. ^ a b Raglin, Justin. "Contact Us." Long Pine Paiute-Shoshone Reservation. 13 May 2010. Retrieved 1 Aug 2012.

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: 36°35′49″N 118°03′22″W / 36.59694°N 118.05611°W / 36.59694; -118.05611