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Washoe Tribe Facts

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The Washoe Native American Indians, who are classified as Great Basin Indians, have a rich history dating back thousands of years. They originally occupied land throughout California and Nevada, including the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. They were the first known Lake Tahoe Region inhabitants. The name Tahoe actually comes from the Washoe language. It is a mispronunciation of the Washoe word, Da ow, meaning the lake. Today the Lake Tahoe area is home to tribal owned businesses, colonies, and even an annual Native American Arts Festival.

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