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The Goshutes are a Native American tribe with approximately 500 current members. The name Goshute derived either from a leader named Goship or from Gutsipupiutsi, a Shoshone word for Desert People. The Goshutes, one of the Shoshone tribes, maintained a territory in the Great Basin extending from the Great Salt Lake to the Steptoe Range in Nevada, and south to Simpson Springs. Prior to contact, the Goshutes wintered in the Deep Creek Valley in dug out houses built of willow poles and earth known as wiki-ups. In the spring and summer they gathered wild onions, carrots and potatoes, and hunted small game in the mountains. Their language is a dialect of Shoshone.


Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation

The Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation are composed of Goshute, Paiute and Bannock. The reservation lies on both sides of the Nevada-Utah border, at 39°52′17″N 114°04′13″W / 39.87139°N 114.07028°W / 39.87139; -114.07028 in White Pine County in Nevada, and in Juab County and Tooele County in Utah. It has a land area of 459.517 km² (177.42 sq mi) and a resident population of 105 people was counted in the 2000 census.

Skull Valley Band of Goshute

Located about half-way between the Goshute Reservation and Salt Lake City, Utah is the Skull Valley Band of Goshute. The tribe consists of about 125 people [1], of whom 31 live on an 18,000 acre (73.004 km²) reservation located at 40°23′15″N 112°44′09″W / 40.3875°N 112.73583°W / 40.3875; -112.73583 in Tooele County. The Dugway Proving Grounds lies just south of Skull Valley. To the east is a nerve gas storage facility and to the north is the Magnesium Corporation plant which has had severe environmental problems. The reservation was a proposed location for an 820 acre (3 km²) dry cask storage facility for the storage of 40,000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel. Only 120 acres (0.49 km2) are for the actual facility, and the rest of the land is a buffer area. After 8 1/2 years after application, this facility was licensed by the NRC.

The current tribal Chairman is Lawrence Bear. The office of the Skull Valley Band of Goshute is at 1198 N. Main Street in Tooele, Utah. Tribal membership at the end of 2008 is 133.


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