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Salish, Kootenai and Pend d'Oreille

This is NOT the official web-site of the tribes.

Why this page from a German citizen living in Australia? If I'd only knew. This is all the result of a magic development of the past years when I got involved in Indigenous Peoples in Australia and North America. Eventually, I felt I should set up a web-page about the beautiful people I worked with, and here's one on the Salish Kootenai and Pend d'Oreille. Others deal with the Mi'kmaq and with Indigenous Peoples of Australia.

Guess, this is my humble tribute to these Peoples who I owe the deepest respect and admiration. Thanks for the lessons you're teaching me - ldb.

One of the 11 most endangered historic places

Icon Salish, Kootenai and Pend d'Oreille Tribal Nations - the Official Web-Site offering a general introduction into history and culture of the Tribal Nations plus access to services like Ed-Ventures

Icon Tribal Council of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation: Resolution to Oppose the Human Genome Diversity Project and Condemning Unethical Genetic Research on Indigenous Peoples

Icon Pablo: Salish & Kootenai Reservation - "Meet the people who invented Made in Montana. In the heart of western Montana’s Flathead Indian Reservation, a unique cultural center has been built by the region’s original creators of fine art and crafts: the Salish, Kootenai and Pend d’Oreille peoples"

Icon Salish & Kootenai Tribal Council - "The purpose of the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council (TLC) is to defend our Tribes rights under our Indian Treaties with the United States, to speak in a unified voice, to offer support to our people, to afford ourselves a forum in which to consult each other, to enlighten each other about our peoples, and to otherwise uniformly promote the common welfare of all of the Indian people of Montana and Wyoming"

Icon Salish Kootenai College
Icon Amon Olorin Flutes - based in Arlee, Amon Olorin Flutes is Ken and Anja Light's labor of love offering contemporary Native American flutes made by Ken, and flute workshops with R. Carlos Nakai. "The name for our business comes from the work of J.R.R. Tolkien--"Amon" means hill and "Olorin" is vision or dream made manifest. Our small company bears this name in appreciation for the piece of our Earth Mother that sustains and inspires us. Our business specializes in the handcrafting, art, and music of the Native American Flute. It represents not only a rebirth of an ancient but obscure tradition, but also a contemporary refinement of traditional flute-making techniques"

Icon Building Bridges - Between American Indians and Conservation Organizations - "Believing that a face-to-face meeting would lead to greater understanding and catalyze joint conservation projects, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Native American Fish and Wildlife Society (a nonprofit organization of tribes and American Indian natural resource professionals) co-hosted a workshop at the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana in December 1995 to seek common ground and build bridges between tribes and conservation organizations. For four cold, windy days at KwaTaqNuk, a Flathead-operated resort and conference center on Flathead Lake, representatives of tribes and conservation organizations that work in Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana discussed conservation perspectives and priorities"

Icon Char-Koosta News - this is the local online newspaper and it's an exciting resource

Icon Chief Charlo Elementary School (Missoula) - "stands on the south hills of the city of Missoula overlooking the entire Missoula area. It is named for Chief Charlo, a leader of a band of Salish Native Americans during the late 1800's. He is best known for his brave resistance to forced relocation from the Bitterroot Valley to the Flathead Valley"

Icon Clark Fork-Pend Oreille Coalition - "dedicated to protecting and restoring water quality in the Clark Fork River Basin -- a 22,000 square mile area in western Montana and northern Idaho. The Coalition protects these waters from hard-rock mining, toxic wastes, industrial pollutants, and nutrient pollution"

Icon Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Law Code

Icon Confederated Salish and Kootenai of the Flathead Reservation Healthy Nations Netlink

Icon Disciplined Hearts: History, Identity, and Depression in an American Indian Community - a review of Theresa DeLeane O'Nell's book on the Flathead Reservation

Icon Flag of the Flathead Nation - it may take some time to load the site

Icon Flathead County Office of Emergency Services

Icon Flathead Indian Reservation Fisheries: A Successful Progressive Tribal Management Plan - this is a journal article by John Holt which provides insight into Native American's politics of sustainable development after decades of environmental degradation

Icon Flathead HeadStart - a child development program for children, primarily from low income families

Icon Flathead Lakers - "a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to protecting and improving water quality in Flathead Lake and its watershed in Northwest Montana. We:
  • Provide information, expertise and advice on how to protect lake quality.
  • Educate citizens about the value of environmental quality.
  • Encourage public support for watershed and land use planning.
  • Mobilize the membership on behalf of lake and water quality protection policies.
  • Foster cooperative exchanges with other organizations.
  • Focus on threats to ecosystem integrity that affect water quality"

Icon Flathead/Salish Literature - access to tales/stories of traditional Flathead/Salish literature

Icon Full Moon Creations - "is Native American owned and operated business located in Polson Montana, on the Flathead Indian Reservation. We create and sell tipis which can be customized to your specific needs"

Icon Glacier Park Foundation - simply awesome

Icon Hell Gate Treaty from 1855

Icon Kalispell Tribe - this is the official web-site of the Tribe

Icon Kootenai Authors - taken from the North American Authors Catalogue

Icon KwaTaqNuk Resort - a development of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, located in Polson, MT, on the south shore of the Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake in the West

Icon K. William Harvey Elementary School - "a rural K-4 school with 387 students in the heart of The Salish & Kootenai Flathead Reservation. Our student body consists primarily of Native American and Caucasian origin: 56% Native American & 44% Caucasian. One of our goals is bridging the gap between cultures"

Icon Lake County, Montana

Icon Lower Flathead Valley Community Foundation - "a charitable organization whose purpose is to bring tribal and non-tribal members together to work on projects preserving and conserving the cultural, natural and human resources of the region, with special emphasis on meeting the needs of children"

Icon Missoulian Online - the district newspaper with lots of information regarding the area and the tribes, of course

Icon Montana Gallery - "Step back in time and make that once in a lifetime connection with the original crafts people of this region. These skilled artisans offer you PRODUCTS MADE IN MONTANA and The Pacific Northwest and a link with a bygone era, even as their culture takes giant strides towards embracing the future. Handcrafted, authentic tribal artwork, gifts, paintings, and collector sculpture pieces"

Icon Montana Public Television
  • Visions: The Internet Guide to Montana Public Television

  • Native Voices: Public TV Workshop - "has as its central purpose and goal, the directive to provide professional media access and training to Native American film and television producers. This access to broadcast television technology and the airwaves is rarely made available, not only in Montana, but the United States as a whole. As such, the Native Voices Workshop is providing a rare and unique service and is becoming a model for national television programming and production"

Icon Montana Regional News - provided by NBC, at least we get to know what happened last night ;-)

Icon Mountain Chief Cooperation - "is a solely Native American enterprise organized October 27, 1973, under the laws of the Flathead Indian Nation, and certified under the "U.S. Buy Indian Act" on August 12, 1988. Montana World Trade Center Member. With primary focus on Native America, we have developed and deliver unique experience and skills in the areas of marketing, planning, technical services, social and cultural development, and the revival of commercial and Tribal resource programs"

Icon MSU Flathead Reservation Extension Office - "an educational resource, dedicated to improving people's lives by putting knowledge, resources, and education to work for you. Our office provides these services to the people who live within the Flathead Reservation. We are located in the Division of Lands building at the Tribal Complex in Pablo, MT"

Icon National Bison Range - "In the Flathead Valley of western Montana lies nearly 19,000 acres of rolling Palouse Prairie grasslands that rise into ridges covered by ponderosa pine and Douglas fir. These acres comprise the National Bison Range, not only one of the oldest refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System, but the first land ever purchased by the Federal Government specifically for wildlife (in 1909)"

Icon Native American Awareness Week - September 21, 1998 - September 25, 1998, The People’s Center, Pablo, MT 59855

Icon Native Research and Scholarship Symposium, Orcas Island Washington (1997) - a paper given by Johnny Arlee on cultural values and beliefs

Icon Ninepipes Center for Wildlife Research and Education - " located on the Flathead Reservation in the Mission Valley of Western Montana, the Ninepipes Center is uniquely situated for accessibility to a variety of wildlife and habitats of the northern Rocky Mountain region. Situated next to the Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge and National Bison Range, the facility provides easy access to grassland and wetland habitats that support a diversity of plant life, insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. The center is within a riparian corridor supporting endangered and high profile species such as Grizzly bear, Big Horn sheep, elk, Bald and Golden eagles, Prarie falcons and others"

Icon Pablo-Salish & Kootenai Reservation - this web-site introduces you to the Cultural Center of the tribes and something more

Icon Patti's Page - you'll find stuff here you ain't find anywhere else

Icon Racism on the Flathead Reservation - a paper from 1989 by Velda Friedlander-Shelby, then Political-Economic Analyst in the government of the Confederated Salish-Kootenai Tribes, describing her experiences with racism while living on the Reservation

Icon Ronan Montana Internet - the district internet agency with lots of links, get to know the area

Icon Salish Authors - taken from the North American Authors Catalogue

Icon Salish Language - this is a page which discusses linguistic theory regarding the Salish language. Since I'm neither a linguistic expert nor a speaker of the Salish language, I have no idea whether Robert Taylor's page makes sense at all. It's up to you to decide and please, e-mail me in case this page doesn't hold what it promises

Icon Sam Sandoval's World of Wonder - an artist and author with some remarkable works - and also pay a visit to the site of his brother Antoine J. Sandoval who is into movies

Icon Successful Economic Development and Heterogeneity of Governmental Form on American Indian Reservations - an economic and political analysis of the development in Indian Country with particular focus on the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation

Icon Ron Therriault - Ron Therriault is a past Council Chairman of the Salish-Kootenai Confederated Tribes. This site offers his views on history and culture of the Salish Kootenai

Icon The Places of Falling Waters - a three-part, 90 minute Native American produced documentary history of the Flathead Indian Reservation from the perspective of the Indian people who live there. This broadcast quality program combines a powerful mix of interesting view with tribal elders, archival newsreel footage of the Flathead Reservation, stunning aerial footage of the region, and rare photograph dating to the 19th century

Icon The Tribal Nations of Montana - A Handbook for Legislators - prepared by the Montana Committee on Indian Affairs, this handbook describes legislation concerning Indian Tribes in Montana - interesting reading

Icon Two Eagle River School - "established in 1974 by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation. In 1979 the Tribes contacted with the Bureau of Indian Affairs for funding and became a B.I.A. contract school. T.E.R.S. obtained accreditation from the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges in 1981, and from the State of Montana Office of Public Instruction in 1983. T.E.R.S. currently serves approximately 160 Native American high school students from throughout the Flathead Reservation"

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