A culture rich with tradition, the native American tribes of the Great Basin play an integral part in the history, present, and future of the region. We invite you to visit our collections!


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ABOUT the gbia

Learn more about the Great Basin Indian Archives. Its history and its development!

gbia resources

Explore the resources on the Great Basin Indian Archives. We have a list of external links and How-Tos we hope you will find helpful!

gbia partners

Meet our partners whom without their help, there would not be an archive. Please take the time to visit their sites and learn more about the entities we are so grateful for.


Welcome to the Great Basin Indian Archives presented by Great Basin College in partnership with Barrick North America and the University of Utah.

Our Mission

The Great Basin Indian Archives will endeavor to provide students and researchers with easy access to primary and digital information that chronicle the history and heritage of the Great Basin Indian peoples.

Our Plan

Provide important information for students, educators and researchers to access readily on site about the Great Basin Tribes, Western Shoshone, Paiute and Washoe. A collection of Oral Histories of elders sharing their culture and customs of the above listed Tribes. Some of the elders speak in their native language in describing or sharing their stories. These tribes aboriginal territory covers the states of California, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Oregon and Wyoming. A collection of songs sung in the native languages about ceremonial and cultural activities, including hand game songs.

The intent for the GBIA program is to exist on the GBC website and to provide a “virtual linking archives” for easy accessibility to the General Public as well. Links in other states and countries will be developed through student and community work.

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GBC TO OFFER Shoshone Community Language Initiative (SCLI) PROGRAM

What is SCLI?

The Shoshone Community Language Initiative (SCLI) is a four-and-a-half week summer program for Shoshone high school students hosted by the Great Basin College’s Great Basin Indian Archives Program. Students will have the opportunity to:

  • enhance their awareness of Shoshone culture and may be eligible for a stipend,
  • experience a college lifestyle while staying on the Great Basin College campus,
  • have an introduction to the Shoshone language for Great Basin College credit.

Who Is Eligible?

Participants must be:

  • A high school sophomore, junior or senior for the 2017-2018 school year.
  • Be EITHER a Western Shoshone descendant who is an enrolled member of one of the following Tribes or Bands:
    • Battle Mountain Band of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone
    • Duck Valley Shoshone-Paiute Tribe
    • Duckwater Shoshone Tribe
    • Elko Band of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone
    • Ely Shoshone Tribe
    • South Fork Band of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone
    • Wells Band of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone
    • Yomba Shoshone Tribe
  • OR be a Western Shoshone descendant who is not an enrolled member of any of the tribes and bands listed above, but who is a resident of any one of the tribal/band reservation areas or service areas listed with a parent who is an enrolled member of any one of the tribes/bands listed (need not be the same community in which the applicant resides).
  • Other Western Shoshone descendant applicants may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Priority in selection of student for the SCLI will be as follows:
    1. Enrolled member/living in or residing close to one of the eight tribes/bands.
    2. Student living in community with parent enrolled in one of the eight tribes/bands.
    3. Student of Western Shoshone descendant residing in one of eight tribes/bands.
  • Other Shoshone/Goshute youth may participate with financial sponsorship from their tribe or community.


Send the Shoshone Community Language Initiative (SCLI) application AND ALL supporting materials by the DEADLINE DATE OF APRIL 28, 2017

  • by mail to: GBC Continuing Education Attn: Shoshone Community Language Initiative (SCLI) 1500 College Parkway Elko, Nevada 89801
  • by fax to: (775) 753-2276 ATTN: SCLI
  • or by e-mail (as a PDF attachment):

If you have any questions or are having difficulties, contact Norm Cavanaugh at (775) 340-1404 or

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