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Dann Sisters

The Ruby Valley Treaty of 1863, also known as the "Treaty of Peace and Friendship", between the Western Shoshone and the United States Government provided for Indian sovereignty over much of northeastern Nevada.  As part of the treaty, Native-Americans had to allow unobstructed passage for emigrants through their territory.  When written, there were few Euro-Americans living in the area, and it principally served as a travel corridor for emigrants to California, Oregon, and western Nevada.

The Dann family from Crescent Valley exercise what they believe is their right to graze their livestock on their traditional Western Shoshone territory.  Because the Western Shoshone never officially ceded rights to their traditional territory, the Dann family feels that the government should abide by the old treaty.

There are many legal and economic factors that are well outside the scope of grazing rights.  For now, the government does not recognize the old promises made to the Western Shoshone, including the Dann family's grazing rights on public lands.

Photo Credit:
Nevada Commisson on Tourism