Tribal History


The Paiute people who live on the Bishop Paiute Reservation  are descendants of the "Nu-Mu", the original people of the Owens Valley.

In 1912, the U.S. Government reserved over 67,000 acres of lands in the Owens Valley for the Indians of this area. In 1932, President Hoover revoked the 67,000 acres reserved land and placed the lands in watershed protection status for the City of Los Angeles.

In 1936, the City of Los Angeles wanted the remaining lands and the federal government traded these lands for the 875 acres that now comprise the Bishop Paiute Reservation located at the base of the magnificent Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Today the Paiute people are the fifth largest CaliforniaTribe, with 2,000members and one
of the smallest land bases.


Despite our land predicament the Tribal government has upgraded technical capabilities and developed infrastructure for the present and future growth of the Bishop Paiute Reservation.

To support Tribal growth the Tribal government developed and established the Toiyabe Indian Health Project and Dialysis Center, Head Start and Day Care, Education Center, Economic Development Center, Career Development Center, Paiute and Shoshone Cultural Center and Museum, Elders Program, and a Casino.

The casino was established in October of 1995, The Casino's first home was a small temporary building. In April of 1996 the new existing casino opened its doors and today it is one of the most Native American employed casinos in the state with over 85% employed.

The Paiute Palace Casino keeps you cool in the summers and warm in the winter while enjoying gaming activities, great video machines, Palace "21", and poker.  Our restaurant, TU-KAH NOVIE, offers great food  at prices more modest than any found in the Bishop area.

The friendly and courteous staff of the Paiute Palace can assist and familiarize you with the casino games and cater to your needs.

2742 N. Sierra Highway, Bishop, California - North of Bishop on Hwy 395
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