Tribes Salish & Kootenai

CONFEDERATED SALISH & KOOTENAI TRIBES

  • Ron Trahan, Chairman
  • Carole DePoe Lankford, Vice Chair
  • James "Bing" Matt, Secretary
  • Len Two Teeth, Treasurer
  • Leonard W. Gray
  • Vernon Finley
  • Terry Pitts
  • Lloyd David Irvine
  • Shelly Fyant
  • Patty Stevens
42487 Complex Blvd.
PO Box 278
Pablo, MT 59855
Phone:  406-675-2700
Fax:  406-675-2806

Salish & Kootenai

Conferated Salish & Kootenai Tribes

Honoring the Past to Ensure the Future...

The Flathead Indian Reservation is home to three tribes, the Bitterroot Salish, Upper Pend d’Oreille, and the Kootenai. “Confederated Salish” refers to both the Salish and Pend d’Oreille tribes. The territories of these three tribes covered all of western Montana and extended into parts of Idaho, British Columbia and Wyoming. The Hellgate Treaty of 1855 established the Flathead Reservation, but over half a million acres passed out of Tribal ownership during land allotment that began in 1904.

The subsistence patterns of our Tribal people developed over generations of observation, experimentation and spiritual interaction with the natural world, creating a body of knowledge about the environment closely tied to seasons, locations and biology. This way of life was suffused with rich oral history and a spiritual tradition in which people respected the animals, plants and other elements of the natural environment. By learning from our Elders and teaching our children, those Tribal ways of life continue to this day.

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