Published on December 23, 2012 by Amy
The Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians of Nevada is a federally recognized tribe of Western Shoshone Indians in northeastern Nevada.
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The tribe organized under the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act. Western Shoshone elected a traditional council, led by Chief Muchach Temoak and his descendants, to create the new governments; however, the United States refused to recognize the traditional council and created the Te-Moaks Bands Council. Traditionalists did not feel adequately represented by this council and created the United Western Shoshone Legal Defense and Education Association, now known as the Sacred Lands Association in 1974. The traditionalists argued before the Indian Claims Commission (ICC) that the Te-Moak Bands Council did not speak for them and the tribe never gave up their title to their traditional lands. Their claims and appeal were rejected in 1979, when the ICC ruled that the Western Shoshone lost title to their lands in the Treaty of Ruby Valley in 1863. In 1980 the courts ruled that the lands were not ceded in 1863 but were lost on 6 December 1979. Despite appeals by the tribe, the US Supreme Court rules in 1985 that $26 million was paid to the tribe in 1979 for 24 million acres (97,000 km2) of land. The tribe is still fighting to reclaim their traditional lands today.
The tribe’s corporate charter was approved in 1938 and their current constitution was amended in 1982.
The Te-Moak Tribe Council is headquartered in Elko, Nevada. The tribe is composed of four constituent bands. Their constitution allows for an unlimited of reservations and Indian colonies to join the tribe.
This band governs the Battle Mountain reservation, at 40°39′51″N 116°58′11″W, in Battle Mountain, Nevada.Traditionally, they are the Tonomudza band of Shoshone. Their separate parcels of land total 683.3 acres (2.765 km2). Current reservation population is 165 and total tribal enrollment is 516. Their current band council includes:
The Elko Indian Colony, at 40°51′02″N 115°45′55″W, was established in 1918. They govern 192.8 acres (0.780 km2) of federal trust lands. Tribal enrollment is 1,143. Only 6% of the band graduated from high school and their average per capita annual income is $7,000. They are headquartered in Elko, Nevada and their current band council is as follows:
The South Fork and Odgers Ranch Indian Colony, at 40°34′22″N 115°36′08″W, was established in Lee, Nevada in 1941 The band owns 19,049 acres (77.09 km2) of land. 234 members live on the reservation and their total band enrollment is 1139. Their current band council is as follows:
The Wells Indian Colony, at 41°07′01″N 114°58′44″W, was established in 1980 and is 80 acres (320,000 m2) large. Their headquarters is in Wells, Nevada. 39 members live on the reservation, and total band enrollment is 177. Their current band council is as follows: