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Skilloot Indian Tribe

The Skilloot Indians were a small tribe of Oregon and Washington State, relatives of the Chinook Indians and speakers of Clackamas, an Upper Chinook (Wasco-Wishram) dialect. Like many other West Coast Indian tribes, the Skilloot people were relocated to the Grand Ronde Reservation in Oregon during the 1800's, where they were merged with other native peoples and their languages rapidly vanished. The Skilloot language is no longer spoken today, but today the Grand Ronde tribes are working to revive the old Chinook Jargon trade language, which played an important role in their shared history.

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Skilloot Language Links

Wasco-Wishram Language:
    Our resources about the Upper Chinook language (including Skilloot.)
Chinook Wawa:
    Our resources about the Chinook Jargon trade language.

Skilloot Culture and History Links

The Grand Ronde Confederation:
    Homepage of the reservation where most Skilloot descendants live today.
Skilloot Tribe History:
    Article on the Skilloots from the Handbook of American Indians.
Skilloot Indians:
    Profile of the Skilloot people and their interactions with the Lewis and Clark expedition.

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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 Skilloot.

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