By Michael Hittman
Great Basin Indians is a necessary source for any reader attracted to the local peoples of the yank West and in western heritage normally.
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Curiously enough, he also reported their wearing beaver robes and beaver footwear and said they kept constantly raiding his traps (Clemmer 2009b). ) at the mouth of what at the time was called the “Unknown River,” which Ogden renamed the Mary River (after the Indian wife of one of his trappers) and which was subsequently also called the “Paul” i n t r o d u c t i o n 19 and the Barren River, before Frémont’s appellation of Humboldt River (for Baron Alexander von Humboldt, the famed German explorer in the New World from 1799 to 1804) finally stuck.
Because this policy more or less remains in effect today, an overview from Newe (Shoshone) Country essentially discussed in a study by one of these Great Basin Indians’ famous representatives (S. Crum 1994a) will be used as typical for the Great Basin (if not elsewhere) as a whole. Beginning with the construction of what are popularly (if not derogatorily) called “HUD houses” in Indian country (Matthiessen 1984), two- and three-bedroom ranchstyle homes were built through sweat equity under the Department of Housing and Urban Development on federal reservations, requiring individual man- or womanhours devoted to the construction of one’s own future home as well as other homes on a given reservation, a commonsense plan that consequently lowered costs for individuals.
Title IV of the Indian Education Act, passed in 1972, allowed the Duckwater (Shoshone) Reservation, for example, to open a tribally run elementary school, the first of its kind in the Great Basin. Others soon followed: the Fort Hall Sho-Ban Alternate School, the Walker River Reservation Elementary School, and the Pyramid Lake Reservation High School, which was also established in those years (1979). For a review of the impressive number of Great Basin Indian educational programs created during these years, the reader is advised to consult John Alley (1986).