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Arrow Lakes Indian Language

The Arrow Lakes Indians are a small tribe of Washington and British Columbia, relatives of the Okanagan Indians and speakers of an Okanagan dialect. Like many other West Coast Indian tribes, the Arrow Lakes people were relocated to the Colville Reservation in Washington during the 1800's, where they were merged with other native peoples and their languages rapidly vanished. Most Lakes Indian descendants still live on the Colville reservation today, but others still live in small communities in Canada.

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Lakes Language Links

MultiTree: Lakes-Colville-Inchelium Dialect:
    Theories about Sinixt's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Okanagan Language:
    Our resources about the Okanagan language, including Sinixt.

Lake Culture and History Links

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation:
    Homepage of the Colville Tribes, where most Arrow Lakes Indians in the United States live today.
Sinixt First Nation:
    Homepage of an organization of Sinixt people in Canada, and their struggles for recognition.
Senijextee Tribe History:
    Article on the Lake tribe from the Handbook of American Indians.
The Lake Tribe:
    Curtis' early 20th-century ethnography of the Lake Indians.
    Wikipedia article on the Senjextee or Arrow Lakes Indians.
Four Directions: Lake Tribe:
    Timeline and links about Lake history.

Books for sale on the Lake Indians
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The Geography of Memory: Recovering Stories of a Landscape's First People:
    Interesting book about the history and traditions of the Sinixt/Arrow Lakes 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 Lake.
Raven Speaks:
    A collection of articles about the culture and history of the Colville Confederated Tribes.

Links, References, and Additional Information

Los Okanagan-Colville y los Lago Mosas:

Information about the Lakes and their language in Spanish.

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