|Nevada Government & Politics|
The Pyramid Lake Paiutes were faced with drastic lowering of Pyramid Lake from the historic 19th century lake levels. Pyramid Lake's sister lake, Winnemucca Lake, dried up completely as a result of this water diversion. Perhaps most importantly, however, was the loss of the giant Lahontan cutthroat trout, weighing over 30 pounds. Also affecting Native American fishermen was the potential loss of the cui-ui lake sucker. Not only did the Native Americans eat these fish, they also sold the trout to restaurants and townspeople in Nevada and even California. The fish were both a food source and a way to earn cash. Euro-American fisherman also prized the Lahontan cutthroat trout.
The Pyramid Lake Paiutes
had to go to court to get a portion of the water back for Pyramid Lake
that had been diverted for the farmers around Fallon. They needed
the water to save Pyramid Lake and the fish. Other Nevada tribes
have water rights issues with the government and other entities.
Nevada is an arid state and water is a precious and often scarce resource.
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