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The federal government formally recognizes the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah and its five constituent bands as Indian Tribal entities located within the boundaries of the PITU Tribal Reservation. [Federal Register July 12, 2002 (volume 67, Number 134, page 46330)]

The Paiute Tribe is organized under the provisions of the 1980 Restoration Act P.L. 96-227, the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934, and the tribal constitution.

The Tribal Council is the governing body of the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah. The PITU Constitution vests all executive and legislative power in the Tribal Council. (Tribal Constitution, Articles IV, V, and IX) All five constituent bands elect a Band Council and a Band Council Chairperson. Each Band Council Chairperson is a voting member of the Tribal Council, is elected to a four-year term, and meets regularly at least once per month. A Tribal Chairperson is elected by the general tribal membership to preside at Tribal Council meetings, to act as the tribe's official representative and spokesperson, and to manage the tribal government staff.

Local government authority that is vested in the Band Councils for the five constituent bands is significant. Band Council authority extends to land use management, community development programs, and business development.

2005 Paiute Tribal Council
Left to right: Phil Pikyavit - Kanosh Band, Glen Rogers - Shivwits Band, Alex Shepherd - Cedar Band, Lora Tom - Tribal Chairwoman, Jeanine Borchardt - Indian Peaks Band, Cyndi Charles - Koosharem Band

2005 Paiute Tribal Council

2009 Paiute Tribal Council Swearing-In
Left to right: Lora Tom - Cedar Band, Jeanine Borchardt - Indian Peaks Band, Charlotte Lomeli - Shivwits Band, Corrina Bow - Kanosh Band, Elliott Yazzie - Koosharem Band

2009 Paiute Tribal Council

2013 Paiute Tribal Council Swearing-In
Left to right: Jeanine Borchardt - Indian Peaks Band, Lora Tom - Cedar Band, Jetta Wood - Shivwits Band, Gari Lafferty - Kanosh Band, Elliott Yazzie - Koosharem Band

2013 Paiute Tribal Council

2013 Paiute Tribal Council
Left to right: Lora Tom - Cedar Band, Elliott Yazzie - Koosharem Band, Jeanine Borchardt - Indian Peaks Band, Gari Lafferty - Tribal Chairwoman, Jetta Wood - Shivwits Band, Corrina Bow - Kanosh Band

2013 Paiute Tribal Council