The Tudinu (or Desert People), ancestors of the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe, occupied the territory encompassing part of the Colorado River, most of Southeastern Nevada and parts of both Southern California and Utah. Outsiderswho came to the Paiutes’ territory often described the land as harsh, arid andbarren; however the Paiutes developed a culture suited to the diverse land and its resources.
A booming railroad town brought an end to the Paiutes’ free movement and traditional way of life, depriving them of their own land. On December 30, 1911, ranch owner Helen J. Stewart deeded 10 acres in downtown Las Vegas to the Paiutes, establishing the Las Vegas Paiute Colony.
The Indian Reorganization Act of June 18, 1934, in conjunction with the Las Vegas Paiute Tribal Constitution, approved on July 22, 1970, recognized the Tribe as a Sovereign Nation. Later through an Act of Congress of 1983, an additional 3,800 acres of land returned to Paiute possession at the Snow Mountain Reservation. Part of this land is now the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort.
The Las Vegas Paiute Tribe developed a thriving cigarette retail business at its downtown Tribal Smoke Shop. In addition, the Tribe also operates a Smokeshop and gas station at the Snow Mountain Reservation. On March 1, 1994, the Tribe opened its first golf course, designed by Pete Dye. It has since opened two additional courses and has a beautiful clubhouse, pro shop, restaurant and banquet facilities.