The Shivwits Band of Paiutes has been a sovereign Indian tribe since time immemorial. We lived as an independent and strong Shivwits Band for centuries, making our home at Sham. The Shivwits Band had its own Constitution and By-Laws approved in 1941, and governed itself as a federally-recognized tribe. The Shivwits Band was then terminated in 1954. Fortunately, the Shivwits Band’s sovereign status was later restored by Congress in 1980 by Public Law 96-227. “The Federal trust relationship is… restored or confirmed as to the Shivwits Band of Paiute Indian of Utah.” 94 Stat. 317, Section 3(a). In that Act, “the term ‘tribe’ means the Shivwits Band of Paiute Indians of Utah.” Id., Section 2(1). The federal trust relationship was confirmed as to the Shivwits Band and other Bands.