Cherish these natural wonders,
Cherish the natural resources,
Cherish the history and romance
As a sacred heritage,
For your children and your children’s children.
--Theodore Roosevelt

Video by: Tom Rassuchine


The goal of the Pyramid Lake Natural Resource Department is to preserve, protect, enhance and restore land, air, and water resources, and environmental health for the long term sustainability of the natural resources of the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation. We will accomplish this by using sound administrative, ecological, cultural, socioeconomic and educational methods to ensure that our future generations can continue to enjoy the benefits of those places that are of significant historical, cultural, and of environmental importance.

The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Natural Resources Department is quite active with a wide array of programs. The Department was established to protect the environment, natural resources, and public health of the Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation.

The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe is located on 742.2 square miles in Northern Nevada. The reservation is centered on Pyramid Lake, Which comprises 25% of the reservation’s area.  Pyramid Lake is fed by the Truckee River Basin from Lake Tahoe.  The lake is the largest remnant of the ancient Lake Lahontan that covered much of northwestern Nevada.


Its natural resources are diverse and complex.  Pyramid Lake and the Truckee River system are important habitats for the endemic and endangered Cui-ui and the threatened Lahontan Cutthroat Trout. More than 80 different ecological sites and five Major Land Resource Areas occur on the Reservation.  Multiple land uses and resource concerns, combined with upstream urban environmental and political effects, add to the complexity of resource management for the Tribe.

The Pyramid Lake Band of Northern Paiutes, also known as Cui ui Ticutta (Cui ui Eaters) are deeply grounded to 

our environment. We are part of the Great Basin Indian Tribes that comprise Nevada as well as portions of other surrounding states. ​

To Learn more about the Pyramid Lake Paiute People and how they used some of the natural resources found in the Great Basin, please click on the pictures below. 

Pyramid Lake Paiute