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Paiutes celebrate anniversary of restoration

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CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) - More than 600 people attended a pow wow observing
the 25 anniversary of the restoration of the Paiute Tribe of Utah. The June
12 event was the culmination of three days of festivities that tribal
leaders say drew more than 2,000 people.

According to the state Office of Indian Affairs, the five Paiute Bands in
southern Utah united in the 19th century when reservations were
established. The bands are the Shivwits, Indian Peaks, Kanosh, Koosharem
and Cedar.

All but the Cedar Band were terminated from federal recognition in 1954.
Since the Cedar Band received no federal assistance, it suffered de facto
termination and, like the other bands, became ineligible for any federal
assistance.

The tribe's efforts to regain federal recognition paid off on April 3,
1980, when Congress passed The Paiute Restoration Act.

This enabled the federal trust relationship to be restored to the tribe.
Four years later, Congress passed The Paiute Reservation Plan to recover
lands lost by the termination. A new reservation land base was added in
1984 with the return of 4,800 acres out of the 15,000 acres lost.

Tribal Council Chairman Lora Tom said she felt blessed to be able to
commemorate the federal restoration that occurred a quarter century ago.
"I'm very proud to be a Paiute," Tom said.