Status: Federally Recognized
Reservation: Skull Valley Goshute Reservation
Tribal Membership: 134 members. On reservation population: 15-20.
Location: The reservation is located in Toole County, Utah, in West Central Utah approximately 65 miles west of Salt Lake City.
Trust Acreage: 18,000 acres. On October 12, 1863, a treaty was signed with the U.S. Government. In 1917, and again in 1918, by Executive Order, the U.S. Government set aside and reserved a specific area of land (18,000 acres) for the Skull Valley Goshute Indian Reservation.
Language Family: Uto-Aztecan, part of the larger Shoshonean-speaking peoples.
Law and Order: Federal Jurisdiction, presently the Goshute tribe is providing the police protection on the reservation, via P.L 93-638 federal contract.
Health Services: Primary service is Indian Health Clinic located on the Ute Reservation in Fort Duchesne, Utah, Phoenix Area Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Contract health care also provided at the Indian Walk-In Center, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Court System: The Goshute Tribe contracted with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to have its own court system on the Reservation, using Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Judge to administer justice.
Codes and Ordinances: A few codes and ordinances have been developed and continue to be created to serve the Band.
Tribal Organization: The Skull Valley Band of Goshutes is non-IRA (Indian Reorganization Act) tribe. Tribe is made up of an Executive Committee of three members: Chairman, Vice-Chair, and Tribal Secretary; which serves as the governing body of the Tribe, and the General Council which is the membership of the tribe. The members of the Executive Committee are nominated and elected by the adult membership of the General Council, and Chairman and Vice-Chair serve four year terms. The Tribal Secretary serves two years.