Like many other Native Americans, the Bishop Paiute in California have long faced an uphill battle in retaining their federally given land rights, access to natural resources, and their ability to remain self-sufficient. Often Native peoples (the Paiute included) have faced a long history of presidential administrations or federal agencies tolerating or even assisting them, only for a small political change to occur and all positive treaties or relations towards them evaporate or turn hostile. Tribes (according to American law) are supposed to be sovereign and see their treaties upheld in perpetuity. However, the Paiute (like many other Native tribes) face different treatment from one generation to the other as American politics (and American views on Natives) shifts so rapidly, as this paper will explore.


Spring 2022

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