Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, Nevada
The tribe's new $10.4 million combination middle and high school was dedicated Sept. 1. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., who helped secure funding for the school, was among local and state leaders who attended the ceremony in the Nixon community 40 miles northeast of Reno. Classes began Sept. 5 at the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Junior and Senior High School. The 43,000-square-foot building features two pyramids on the roof and is decorated throughout with Paiute designs. It houses 15 classrooms with Internet connections, a computer room, a gym and library. Built to accommodate 250 students, the school has a fall enrollment of 150. "This day will be remembered as a special day," Paiute Tribal Chairman Norman Harry told visitors.