“here In Nevada A Terrible Crime …”


Facing continued betrayal by the government, the Indians have decided recently to try to go to court for themselves. They lack resources and, perhaps, adequate legal and technical support. But they have shown a determination to seek the means to press the issue.

It is more than a case of asserting their rights, undoing a theft, or saving a lake. “Everywhere you turn there is a reminder of the injustice that was done to [Indians in the past], an injustice of a remote, irreparable, and therefore comfortable, variety,” wrote A. J. Liebling in 1955. In Nevada in 1970, to another Indian people, in an injustice neither remote, irreparable, nor comfortable, there is the large matter of survival.