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Chepenafa Indian Tribe

The Chepenafa Indians were a small tribe of Oregon, relatives of the Kalapuya. They were also known as the Mary's River Indians, Pineifu, or Chep-en-a-pho. The Chepenafa language is no longer spoken, but is believed to have been a Central Kalapuyan dialect. Like many other West Coast Indian tribes, the Chepenafa Indians were relocated to the Grand Ronde Reservation during the 1800's, where they merged with other native peoples and their languages rapidly vanished. Most Chepenafa descendants live with other Kalapuya people at Grand Ronde today.

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Chepenafa Culture and History Links

The Grand Ronde Confederation:
    Homepage of the reservation where most Chepenafa descendants live today.
Chepenafa Tribe History:
    Article on the Chepenafa tribe from the Handbook of American Indians.

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A Guide to the Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest:
    Book on the history of the Northwest Coast tribes, including a section on the Chepenafa.



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