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Sinkiuse Indian Tribe

The Sinkiuse Indians are a small Salishan tribe of Washington state, relatives of the Columbia Indians. They are also known as the Moses-Columbia, Kawachen, Sin-kah-you, or Isle des Pierres Indians. The Sinkiuse language is no longer spoken, but is considered to have been a Columbia-Wenatchi dialect. Like many other West Coast Indian tribes, the Sinkiuse people were relocated to the Colville Reservation in Washington during the 1800's, where they merged with other native peoples and their languages rapidly vanished. Most Sinkiuse people still live on the Colville reservation today.


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Sinkiuse Culture and History Links

The Confederated Tribes of Colville:
    Homepage of the reservation where most Sinkiuse descendants live today.
Sinkiuse Tribe History:
    Article on the Sinkiuses from the Handbook of American Indians.
First Inhabitants: Columbia Sinkiuse:
    Online museum exhibit on the Sinkiuse and their Plateau neighbors.
Chief Moses, the Sun Chief * Washington History: Chief Moses * Wikipedia: Chief Moses:
    Websites about the Sinkiuse chief Moses.

Books for sale on the Sinkiuse Indians

A Guide to the Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest:
    Book on the history of the Northwest Coast tribes, including a section on the Sinkiuse.
Half-Sun on the Columbia:
    Biography of the Columbia-Sinkiuse chief Moses.

Links, References, and Additional Information

Wikipedia: Sinkiuse:

Encyclopedia articles about the Sinkiuse-Columbia.



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