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The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe is governed by 10 Tribal Council members who are elected bi-annually in December and on staggered two year terms. The tribe operates under the Indian Reorganization Act Constitution and By-Laws approved on January 26, 1936 by the Department of Interior.

The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe has a Government to Government Relationship with the Federal Government. Therefore, the Tribe contracts with or receives grants directly from Federal Agencies or the State of Nevada, to provide services to the Tribal members and residents of the Reservation. The revenue generated by the Tribe is used to support local Tribal government activities and to supplement the programs that provide direct services to the Tribal members or residents.

The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribes' Reservation is located thirty five miles northeast of Reno, Nevada in a remote desert area located in the counties of Washoe, Lyon, and Storey. The area of the reservation contains 475,000 acres or 742.2 square miles. Out of this acreage approximately 112,000 acres cover the surface of a terminal desert lake, Pyramid Lake. Pyramid Lake is one of the most valuable assets of the Tribe and is entirely enclosed within the boundaries of the Reservation. Pyramid Lake is approximately 15 miles long and 11 miles wide. Pyramid Lake measures 350 feet at it's deepest point.

In 1993, reservation residents numbers were 1,603 individuals, 802 males and 801 females. 45% of the population resides in Wadsworth, Nevada; and 15% of the population resides in Sutcliffe, Nevada. The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe has approx. 2,253 enrolled members. The membership statistic is an approximate number as this total changes from month to month based on membership approvals and other action taken by the Tribal Council for relinquishments and disenrollments. The majority of enrolled Tribal members reside on the reservation, approximately 12% of this membership reside in other areas throughout the Western United States. The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe has a 56% employment rate and a 44% unemployment rate. The majority of the reservation resident population are young, comprised of individuals under age thirty-five (35) years. The median age is twenty-two (22) years.

Much of the economy on the Pyramid Lake Reservation is centered around fishing and recreational activities at Pyramid Lake. In addition to permit fees for fishing , day use and overnight camping, the Tribe also receives lease revenue, and tax revenue. Several Tribal members belong to the Pyramid Lake Cattleman's Cooperative Association and the Association utilizes the reservation desert open range to operate and manage the individual cattle herds.

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