Twelve bands or tribes make up the federally recognized Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation indian tribe. Before the reservation era, each of these were separate tribes with their own culture and language.
The Nez Perce tribe is probably the best known tribe in Pacific Northwest history. Chief Joseph’s band of Nez Perce were the last tribe sent to the Colville reservation in Washington state and are now part of the Colville Confederacy, while the other Nez Perce bands were assigned primarily to the Nez Perce Reservation in Idaho and recognized by the US Government as a separate tribe. There are also a few Nez Perce in the present day Coeur d’Alene Tribe.
The other tribes included in the confederation on the Colville Reservation are the Colville Indians, the Wenatchee (Wenatchi) Indians, Nespelem Indians, Moses-Columbia (Sinkiuse-Columbia) Indians, Methow Indians, Okanogan Indians, , San Poil Indians, Entiat Indians, Chelan Indians, and the Lake (Sinixt) tribes.
In common conversation, the long official name Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation is often shortened, and they are referred to simply as the Colville tribe, to collectively mean all twelve tribes on this reservation.
Official Tribal Name: Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
Address: 515 Birch, Coulee Dam, WA 99116
Phone and Email: Contact Directory
Official Website: http://www.colvilletribes.com/
Recognition Status: Federally Recognized
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State(s) Today: Washington
Confederacy: Colville Confederated Tribes, Salish
Reservations: Colville Reservation and Off-Reservation Trust Land
Tribal Headquarters: Nespelem, WA
Time Zone: Pacific
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Name of Governing Body: Colville Business Council
Number of Council members: 14 council members, including the executive officers.
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Number of Executive Officers: A Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and Secretary are appointed from within the 14 council members.
Staggered elections are held each year, with 7 council positions filled each year for a two year term. There is a Primary election in May and the General Election in June.
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Newspapers: Colville Tribal Tribune
Chief Joseph – Famous Nez Perce chief
Chief Moses –
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A Necessary Balance: Gender and Power Among Indians of the Columbia Plateau – Examine the balance of power and responsibility between men and women within each of the eleven Plateau Indian tribes who live today on the Colville Indian Reservation.