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.
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
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 approximately 27 miles long and 11 miles wide at its largest width. Pyramid Lake measures 350 feet at its deepest point, with a surface elevation of 3,397 feet above sea level (as of 2015). The perimeter of Pyramid Lake extends over 71 miles overall. Pyramid Lake is one of the most valuable assets of the Tribe and is entirely enclosed within the boundaries of the Reservation.
As of February 2017, living on the reservation were 1,300 individuals, 634 males and 666 females. Approximate numbers included 32.69% residing in Nixon, 10% residing in Sutcliffe, and 57.31% residing in Wadsworth.
The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe has approximately 2,288 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, with 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.