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Grand Ronde Indian Language

The Grand Ronde Indians are a confederation of tribes of western Oregon. Tribes represented on the Grand Ronde reservation include the Kalapuya, Molalla, Rogue River Athabaskans, Shasta, Umpqua, Klickitat, Chinook, Tillamook, and others. Most of these bands were compelled to move onto Grand Ronde from other locations in Oregon, and they all spoke different languages, so they mostly had to give up their disparate languages in order to survive together. Today, the tribe is working to revive the old Chinook Jargon trade language, which played an important role in the shared history of several of the Grand Ronde tribes.

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Grand Ronde Language Links

Chinook Wawa:
    Our resources about the Chinook Jargon trade language.
Kalapuya Language:
    Our resources about the Kalapuya language (spoken by the Kalapuya, Atfalati, Yoncalla, Yamhill, and
other tribes of Grand Ronde)
Molalla Language:
    Our resources about the Molalla language.
Shasta Language:
    Our resources about the Shasta language.
Umpqua Language:
    Our resources about the Umpqua language.

Grand Ronde Culture and History Links

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde:
    Homepage of the Grand Ronde Tribes today.
Grand Ronde Agency and Reservation:
    Article on the history of the Grand Ronde tribe from Access Genealogy.
Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon:
    Wikipedia article on the Grand Ronde Indians.
Four Directions: Grand Ronde:
    Timeline and links about Grand Ronde history.

Books for sale on the Grand Ronde Indians

Living in the Great Circle: The Grand Ronde Indian Reservation 1855-1905:
    History of the Grand Ronde Confederation.
A Guide to the Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest:
    Book on the history of the Northwest Coast tribes, including a section on the Grand Ronde.

Links, References, and Additional Information

Los Grand Ronde:
Information about the Grand Rondes and their language in Spanish.



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