NIXON, Nevada (Reuters) - Visitors to the eastern shore of Pyramid Lake 35 miles northeast of Reno, Nevada, can scan an area framed by a desert mountain backdrop and not see a hint of mankind.
The American Indians overseeing the lake say such serenity along 125 miles of lake coastline 4,000 feet (1,200 m)above sea level is the result of the tribe's traditional respect for nature.
Others suggest the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, which suffers 44 percent unemployment, should allow at least some development so it can share in the prosperity that regions such as Lake Tahoe in northern California enjoy.
The clash matches economic opportunity cost against tradition, with the sovereign tribe having the final word.
"The historical aspect of the lake has always been to keep it as it is," Norman Harry, chairman of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribes' Reservation, said in an interview. "The lake is sacred to the people and always will be."
This is my favorite part...
"There's kind of a gap between the Indians and non-Indians," said Crosby, 58, who has lived in Sutcliffe for 48 years. "There is an anti-white sentiment on the reservation."
Do ya think?! Could it be because the non-indians took all thier land and put them on that reservation? If your forefathers had known, there Crosby, I'm sure they'd have nabbed that lake for you way back when.
And it isn't like no one can visit the place...
"About 220 tribal members live there, and hundreds of outsiders pass through on weekends to swim, go boating or fish trout, a privilege for which they pay modest access fees."
Those evil people, huh?