THE CONFEDERATED TRIBES OF THE COLVILLE RESERVATION
The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation is a Sovereign Nation and is a federally recognized American Indian Tribe.
Until the mid-1800s, our forefathers, the ancestors of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation, were nomadic. They followed the seasons while moving from place to place to occupy fishing sites and harvest berries and native plants. In their travels, our ancestors met other indigenous native people of different speech and cultural practices. Our ancestors were not known to maintain farming communities.
The nomadic lifestyles of our ancestors have always perplexed non-Indian historians who insist on identifying indigenous native people by specific geographical locations. Our forefathers knew no boundaries until the invasion of Europeans, other than those established by some tribes in certain areas.
Today, over 9,365 descendants of 12 aboriginal tribes of Indians are enrolled in the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. The tribes, commonly known by English and French names, are: the Colville, the Nespelem, the San Poil, the Lake, the Palus, the Wenatchi (Wenatchee), the Chelan, the Entiat, the Methow, the southern Okanogan, the Moses Columbia and the Nez Perce of Chief Joseph’s Bands.
In 1997 and 1998, the Colville Confederation celebrated the 125th Anniversary of the Colville Indian Reservation in recognition of 125 years of survival with a prayer to our Creator that some day when we, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, a confederation of First Americans, will hold all of our lands in trust for our people, we will truly be able to claim this beautiful nation as ours once again.
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