Utu Utu Gwaitu Paiute Tribe of the Benton Paiute Reservation facts for kids

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Utu Utu Gwaitu Paiute Tribe
Total population
(84 (1991))
Regions with significant populations
United States United States (California California)
Languages
English
Religion
traditional tribal religion, Christianity, Sun Dance, Native American Church
Related ethnic groups
other Owens Valley Paiute and Western Mono

The Utu Utu Gwaitu Paiute Tribe of the Benton Paiute Reservation, also known as the Benton Paiute Tribe, is a federally recognized Great Basin tribe in Mono County, California.

Reservation

The Utu Utu Gwaitu Paiute Tribe has a federal reservation in Mono County, ten miles (16 km) from the Nevada border called the Benton Paiute Reservation (37°47′22″N 118°31′19″W / 37.78944°N 118.52194°W / 37.78944; -118.52194) in Benton, California. The reservation is 400 acres (1.6 km2) large that is held in Trustee status and another 67 acres held in fee simple status. Approximately 50 tribal members on the reservation. The reservation was established on July 22, 1915. The nearest incorporated city is Bishop, which lies about 40 miles to the south. About the same distance to the west is Mammoth Lakes, although there is no direct road leading there.

History

The tribe unanimously voted on their constitution on November 22, 1975 and ratified it on January 20, 1976.

Name

The name Utuʼutuwi·tu, a subgroup of Owens Valley Paiute (or Eastern Mono), was Anglicized to Utu Utu Gwaiti, or Gwaitu.


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