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McDermitt Indian Reservation (Northern Paiute)

McDermitt Indian Reservation

McDermitt Indian Reservation Overview

In the mid-1860s many poorly treated Paiutes from both Oregon and the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservations joined and settled around Fort McDermitt.

At times they aided the local military and many worked at nearby mercury mines.


  • Military
  • Mining
  • Native American

Marker Type

Blue marker

Nevada Historical Marker Number

McDermitt Indian Reservation is Nevada Historical Marker #146.

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Humboldt County, Nevada

GPS Coordinates

41.942919, -117.707581

Nevada Historical Marker Transcription

In the mid-1860s many Paiutes returning from Oregon’s Indian reservation, joined some from the pyramid lake Indian reservation (home of the “cui-ui eaters”) because of poor treatment and the dishonest dealings of U.S. Indian agents.  These Native Americans settled about fort McDermitt, where they aided the local military against bannocks and others resisting settlers who were taking over.

Nearby mercury mines furnished employment for Native Americans adjusting to the life style of the settlers.  Likewise, today a local precision assembly industry utilizes the dexterity skills of the Indians today.  Red and green clays from the canyon are now made into pottery.


References Used

McDermitt Indian Reservation