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Duck Valley Indian Reservation Tribal Headquarters

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1979–1980, James Gibson. East side of NV 226 at the Nevada-Idaho border
  • Duck Valley Indian Reservation Tribal Headquarters (Bret Morgan)

The broad, one-story headquarters building straddles the Nevada-Idaho border to indicate that the reservation is located in both states. Compared with the BIA-constructed buildings in Owyhee, this structure asserts the modernity of the Shoshone and Paiute government today in an era of greater self-determination. Angular forms, horizontal wood siding, and interconnected exterior and interior spaces demonstrate that natural materials, favored by Native Americans, can be used in striking new ways, just as innovation can enhance traditional lifeways. The wall facing the highway is painted with a basket-weave pattern that reflects some of the traditional arts of the tribe. Inside the tribal council's chambers, large windows open to views of the hills beyond.

Writing Credits

Julie Nicoletta


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Julie Nicoletta, "Duck Valley Indian Reservation Tribal Headquarters", [Owyhee, Nevada], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Nevada, Julie Nicoletta. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000, 161-162.

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