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Washoe Tribe[edit | edit source]

Various Spellings:
Washoe, Wasco


Tribal Headquarters[edit | edit source]

Washoe Tribe of Nevada
919 Highway 395 South
Gardnerville, NV 89410
Phone: 1.775.265.4191
Fax: 1.775.265.6240

History[edit | edit source]

Brief Timeline[edit | edit source]

  • 1825: Jebediah Smith
  • 1850: Trading posts in Washoe territory
  • 1855 June 25, with the Wallawalla and Waco
  • 1857: Potato War
  • 1858: Comstock Lode
  • 1860: Pyramid Lake War with the Northern Paiute
  • 1860: Northern Paiute conquered the Washo
  • 1865 November 15, Middle Oregon Tribes
  • 1917: Land set aside for the Wahoe near Carson City, Nevada became the Carson Colony
  • ----Dresslerville Colony and Reno-Sparks Colony
  • 1924: Granted U.S. citizenship
  • 1935: Constitution
  • 1936: Federally recognized as the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California
  • 1966: 795 acres Wahoe Ranch

Additional References to the Tribe[edit | edit source]

Reservation[edit | edit source]

A tract of land set aside for occupation and use by American Indians.

Washoe Reservation

Bands of the Washoe Tribe[edit | edit source]

The term or designation of Washoe Indians is a broad categorization of several bands within the group so named. For the most part, they have historically lived on the east side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, near Reno, Nevada and the Lake Tahoe area of California. Some of the bands or groups of Washoe include:

Records[edit | edit source]

The majority of records of individuals were those created by the agencies. Some records may be available to tribal members through the tribal headquarters. They were (and are) the local office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and were charged with maintaining records of the activities of those under their responsibility. Among these records are:

Correspondence and Census[edit | edit source]

Tribe Agency Location of Original Records

Pre-1880 Correspondence

M 234 RG 75 Rolls

Roll Number




Post-1885 Census

M595 RG 75 Rolls

Roll Number




Washoe Oregon Superintendency,1842-80 Washington D.C. 607-30 - - -
Washoe Utah and Nevada Superintendencies Washington D.C. 896-906, 538-45 - - -
Washoe Walker River Agency San Francisco - - 631 Films: 583088-583093

Treaties[edit | edit source]

  • 1855 June 25, with the Wallawalla and Waco
  • 1865November 15, Middle Oregon Tribes

Websites[edit | edit source]

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  • California Indians and Their Reservations: An Online Dictionary. Available online.

References[edit | edit source]