SHIVWITS BAND OF PAIUTES

The Shivwits Band of Paiutes has been a sovereign Indian tribe since time immemorial. We lived as an independent and strong Shivwits Band for centuries, making our home at Sham.

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SHIVWITS BAND OF PAIUTES

ABOUT OUR BAND

The Shivwits Band of Paiutes has been a sovereign Indian tribe since time immemorial. We lived as an independent and strong Shivwits Band for centuries, making our home at Sham. The Shivwits Band had its own Constitution and By-Laws approved in 1941, and governed itself as a federally-recognized tribe. The Shivwits Band was then terminated in 1954. Fortunately, the Shivwits Band’s sovereign status was later restored by Congress in 1980 by Public Law 96-227. “The Federal trust relationship is… restored or confirmed as to the Shivwits Band of Paiute Indian of Utah.”  94 Stat. 317, Section 3(a).  In that Act, “the term ‘tribe’ means the Shivwits Band of Paiute Indians of Utah.” Id., Section 2(1). The federal trust relationship was confirmed as to the Shivwits Band and other Bands.

SHIVWITS BAND OF PAIUTES

SOVEREIGNTY

We are fighting against Termination: In 1954, it was Congress that terminated the Shivwits Band of Paiutes, but now it is the BIA and Chairwoman Tamra Borchardt-Slayton (Tami) telling all the Bands of Southern Paiutes that have existed since time immemorial that they don’t have sovereign rights. Shivwits is fighting against termination once again. When Congress first terminated the Shivwits Band it said the federal government had no trust responsibility to the Band, that the Band could not access federal government services and benefits, and that the Indian Reorganization Act (IRA) did not apply to Shivwits. Sadly, Tami has said the same things. In a letter she sent to the BIA on October 25, 2019, she said the Bands don’t have sovereign rights, that the IRA doesn’t apply to the Bands, and that Bands can’t access federal programs and services other tribes are entitled to access.

SHIVWITS BAND OF PAIUTES

ANOTHER HIGHLIGHT

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