The Pend d’Oreille, also known as the Kalispel, are Indigenous peoples of the Northwest Plateau. Today many of them live in Montana and eastern Washington. The Kalispel peoples referred to their primary tribal range as Kaniksu.
1a: a Salishan people of northern Idaho and northwestern Montana. b: a member of such people. 2: a language of the Kalispel and Spokan peoples. — called also Pend d’Oreille.
The History of the Spokane Tribe of Indians Spokane ancestors were a river people, living a semi-nomadic way of life hunting, fishing, and gathering all creator had made available to them. Hayes formerly established the Spokane Indian Reservation of approximately 154,602 land acres known as Chief Lot’s reservation.
Diet Fish was the staple, especially trout, salmon, and whitefish. Important plant foods included camas (from which the Indians made a distinctive bread), bitterroot, other roots, and berries.
Northern Quest Resort & Casino is proudly owned and operated by the Kalispel Tribe of Indians.
Parts of Lake Pend Oreille freeze in some winters. Generally the bays and coves, not the main part of the lake itself.
Pow Wows are the Native American people’s way of meeting together, to join in dancing, singing, visiting, renewing old friendships, and making new ones. This is a time method to renew Native American culture and preserve the rich heritage of American Indians.
As in the past, natural resources are protected by the Spokane Indians. The Spokane Indian Reservation consists of 108,874 acres of forest, 8,552 acres of agricultural land, and 10,328 acres of lakes. The town of Wellpinit is the main population center and the seat of Tribal government.
Spokane’s first residents were Native American. From the Spokanes, we get our name, which means “Children of the Sun.” Spokane became an incorporated City on Nov. 29, 1881, encompassing 1.56 square miles.
The lake (the name of which is derived from the French name [ Pend d’ Oreille ] for the Kalispel Indians, who wore ear pendants) receives the Clark Fork River, which becomes the Pend Oreille River when it leaves the lake.
Lake Pend Oreille (pond oh-RAY).