Burns Paiute Tribe

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The Burns Paiute Tribe of the Burns Paiute Indian Colony of Oregon is a federally recognized tribe of Northern Paiute Indians in Harney County, Oregon, United States.[1] They are primarily the descendants of the Wadatika band of Northern Paiutes who traditionally lived in Central and Southern Oregon.[2]



The tribe has a federal reservation in Harney County, the Burns Paiute Reservation and Trust Lands,[3] also known as the Burns Paiute Indian Colony, located north of the city of Burns.[1] The reservation comprises 11,944 acres (48.34 km2). In 1990, 151 tribal members lived on the reservation; in 1992, 356 people were enrolled in the tribe.[3]


The Burns Paiutes traditionally spoke the Northern Paiute language, which is part of the Western Numic branch of the Uto-Aztecan language family.[4]


The tribe's headquarters are located in Burns. The tribe is governed by a five-person tribal council.[3] For economic development, the Burns Paiute created the Old Camp Casino, the Sa-Wa-Be Restaurant, and an RV park in Burns.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "The Old Camp Casino." 500 Nations. 2009 (retrieved 8 Dec 2009)
  2. ^ "Paiute Wadatika Ma-Ni-Pu-Neen." Burns Paiute Tribe. 12 Oct 2006 (retrieved 8 Dec 2009)
  3. ^ a b c Pritzker, p. 226
  4. ^ "Northern Paiute." Four Directions Institute. (retrieved 8 Dec 2009)

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Coordinates: 43°36′15″N 119°04′12″W / 43.604138°N 119.069996°W / 43.604138; -119.069996 (Burns Paiute Indian Colony)