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Paiute Indians gather near the Las Vegas Springs. Photo courtesy of UNLV Special Collections
The Paiutes
The Paiutes ("Pi-yutes") are Native Americans. They were some of the first people to make a home near the Las Vegas Springs.

The Paiutes planted corn, beans and pumpkins. They ate the seeds of wild grasses and pine nuts. They ate the fruit from the prickly pear cactus. They also hunted animals like rabbits and mountain sheep.

The Paiutes lived off of the land, sharing what they had with other local tribes.