Las Vegas water pipeline battle is life-or-death fight for Shoshone sacred site

Rupert Steele, chairman of the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation smiles during a visit to Bahsahwahbee, a place in Spring Valley, Nev., that's sacred to Shoshone people.

(Photo: Benjamin Spillman)

For most drivers on U.S. Highway 50 in northeastern Nevada, the Spring Valley is a blur of open road, trees and windmills between Ely and Great Basin National Park.

For Rupert Steele, it’s a place to slow down and sing the songs Shoshone people have passed person-to-person across generations since time immemorial.

Steele, chairman of the Confederate Tribes of the Goshute Reservation, sings to communicate with ancestors who died before him and descendants not yet born.

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