American Indian Utah Tribes

Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah

About the Tribe

In the late 19th century, the Paiute bands in southern Utah coalesced into five bands: The Kanosh Band, Shivwits Band, Indian Peaks Band, Koosharem Band and Cedar Band. Reservations were established between 1903 and 1929 for all but the Cedar Band, whom the federal government overlooked. In 1954, the bands were terminated from federal recognition, with the exception of the Cedar Band who received no federal assistance and consequently suffered de facto termination. The tribe became ineligible for any federal assistance for 26 years. The results of termination which the tribe experienced between 1954 and 1980 had devastating social and economic consequences.


Resources about the Paiute Tribe:


The Native American Indian Literacy Project

The Native American Indian Literacy Project was the work of USOE Indian Education Specialist in 2006, Shirlee Silversmith, and a partnership between the Utah State Office of Education (currently the Utah State Board of Education) and the San Juan School District Media Center. The project included a series of books, lesson plans and histories that were created with the help of tribal elders and cultural consultants and are based on the oral traditional stories and history of their specific tribes. Funds for the original project came from the Utah State Office of Education.

The original booklets were designed for printability (Print Instructions), and have been reformatted here for digital use. A big thank you to Brenda Beyal (Dine) and Lorna Loy (Dine) for updating these lesson plans and aligning them to current core standards. This update was funded by a partnership grant from the Utah Division of State History and Utah Humanities. 



BYU ARTS Partnership Lesson Plans

Lesson plans co-created with the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah and BYU ARTS Partnership:

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