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.