Paiute, Southern of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 8,460

ROP3 Code: 109500
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: North American Peoples
People Cluster: North American Indigenous
Language: Ute-Southern Paiute - (ute)
Religion: Christianity
Country of Origin: United States

Majority Located Where

  Fort Duchesne, UT - 1,607

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Brief Profile

The Southern Paiute are a Native American people who traditionally resided in eastern California, western Nevada, and southeast Oregon. Present day Southern Paiute reside on several reservations and dispersed throughout several states. The largest population, over 40% of the total population, reside in the state of Utah.

They are related to the Northern Paiute. The terms Paiute, Northern Paiute and Southern Paiute apply most correctly when referring to groups of people with similar language and culture. The Northern Paiute speak the Northern Paiute language, while the Southern Paiute speak the Colorado River Numic language.

Many Southern Paiute adhere to the Native American Church, Sun Dance, traditional ethnic religion, and Ghost Dance. A smaller percentage, less than 5%, are evangelical Christians.

For more information, see Paiute.

Prayer Points

  • Pray evangelical Southern Paiute will boldly and unashamedly share their faith in Jesus Christ.
  • Pray God will work via dreams and other means to reveal the truth in Jesus Christ.
  • Pray Christians will intentionally engage unreached Southern Paiute.


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