Native American Heritage Month Spotlight Chief Numaga

Numaga (1830-1871) was a great Paiute Chief known for peace.

Facing severe threats to his people by invading white forces, Numaga repeatedly chose peace when he could but always remained a fierce warrior. He led his people to victory in the Battle of Pyramid Lake (1860)

His successful peace negotiations after the Battle of Pyramid Lake helped set a precedent for future disputes. Throughout his lifetime Numaga would attempt to negotiate on behalf of his people over the loss of habitable land, food sources and culture.

Quote “I love my people; let them live; and when their spirits shall be called to the great Camp in the southern sky, let their bones rest where their fathers were buried”.

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