The Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California is a 1600 member self-governance Federally-recognized Indian Tribe. The Tribe's administrative complex is located on Highway 395 in south Gardnerville, Nevada. The area surrounding the Washoe tribal reservation communities is characterized by breathtaking beauty and varied landscape. The central Sierra Mountains on the west and the Pine Nut Mountains to the east form an almost continuous rim around the area. Present day on-reservation members live with their families in four geographically separated Tribal reservation communities in two states and three counties within a 40 minute drive of each other and Tribal Headquarters.
Two travel plazas, smoke shops, an operating cattle ranch and a resort on Lake Tahoe are a part of the Tribe's robust economic development portfolio. The Tribe offers a comprehensive array of services to members living in the four communities and outlying areas that include Tribal Health Clinic, Mental Health Center, Tribal TANF (in California and Nevada), Law Enforcement, Judicial Court, Adult/Juvenile Parole/Probation, Elder Centers (nutrition and recreation), Domestic Violence Prevention, Social Services, Environmental Protection, Head Start, Educational/Academic K-12 support services, Community Recreation and After-School programming and facilities. Internal services provided include a utility company, legal and financial departments, planning, business development, Tribal Historic Preservation, fund development, roads crew, maintenance and governmental administration. A 12-member Tribal Council elected every four years serves as the governing body in accordance with the Tribal Constitution supported by four community councils with by-laws and a Tribal Law and Order Code. Off–reservation tribal members also have representation in the tribal government and administration. The Tribe has approximately 350 employees.
Nearby amenities include several ski resorts as well as outdoor sports at Lake Tahoe and surrounding areas. Carson City, the capitol of Nevada, is 30 minutes north of the Tribal Headquarters. Reno, the largest municipality in Northern Nevada and home to the University of Nevada, is one hour north of the Tribal Headquarters.