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Nespelem Indian Language

The Nespelem Indians are a small Salishan tribe of Washington state, relatives of the Okanagan Indians and speakers of an Okanagan dialect. Their name has also been spelled Nespelim or Nespilim. In the 1800's, many other native tribes of Oregon were moved onto Nespelem land by the US government, eventually becoming the intertribal Colville Reservation, where most Nespelem descendants still live today. One of the three Colville tribal districts, as well as an important tribal town, bear the name "Nespelem" today.

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Nespelem Language Resources

MultiTree: Nespelem Dialect:
    Theories about Nespelem's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Okanagan Language:
    Our resources about the Okanagan language, including Nespelem.

Nespelem Culture and History Links

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation:
    Homepage of the Colville Tribes, where most Nespelem people live today.
Sanpoil/Nespelim History:
    Article on the Sanpoil and Nespelem tribes from the Indian Tribes of North America.
The Nespilim Tribe:
    Curtis' early 20th-century ethnography of the Nespelem Indians.
Nespelem People:
    Wikipedia article on the Nespelem Indians.

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The Sanpoil and Nespelem: Salishan Peoples of Northeastern Washington:
    Ethnography of the Nespelem and other Interior Salish tribes of Washington state.
A Guide to the Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest:
    Book on the history of the Northwest Coast tribes, including a section on the Nespelem.
Raven Speaks:
    A collection of articles about the culture and history of the Colville Confederated Tribes.

Links, References, and Additional Information

Die Nespelem:
Information about the Nespelems and their language in German.

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