Paiute (/ˈpjuːt/; also Piute) refers to three non-continguous groups of indigenous peoples of the Great Basin. These three groups, although related within the Numic group of Uto-Aztecan languages, do not form a single node within that group.[1] The term "Paiute" does not refer to a single, unique, unified group of Great Basin tribes, but is a historical label.[2]

  • Northern Paiute of California, Idaho, Nevada and Oregon.
  • Southern Paiute of Arizona, Nevada and Utah.
  • Mono of California, divided into Owens Valley Paiute (Eastern Mono) and Western Mono (Monache).


  1. ^ Glottolog
  2. ^ d'Azevedo, Warren L. (1986), Handbook of North American Indians, Volume 11, Great Basin, Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution