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Colville Indians Tribes. The Pnw Pacific Northwest Indian Tribe. Describes It's Resources And Colville In General

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Northwest Native AmericansThe PNW Native Americans have been in the Pacific Northwest for over 14,000 years, and survived using innovative methods. Among the most innovative were the Colville Indian tribes. The Colville Indians reservation over in Eastern Washington covers 1.4 million acres, and is primarily in Okanogan and Ferry counties. The reservation consists of tribally owned lands held in federal trust status for the Confederated Tribes. The vast desert land is located in the Columbia Plateau.The Colville Indians have accomplished many things; some of which are below.*1872- Colville Reservation Created.*1924- Indians acquire U.S. citizenship.*1934- Indian Reorganization Act "Indian New Deal" encourages tribal sovereignty and self-administration.*1938- The various Colville tribes ...view middle of the document...

Prior to the influx of Canadians and Europeans in the mid 1850's, the ancestors of the 12 aboriginal tribes were nomadic, following the seasons of nature and their sources of food. Their aboriginal territories were grouped primarily around the Columbia River, the San Poil River, and other waterways.Colville Res. Lands are diverse with natural resources including standing timber, streams, rivers, lakes, minerals, varied terrain, plants, and wildlife. The Colville Indian Reservation is occupied by over 5,000 residents, both Colville tribal members and their families and other non-Colville members, living either in small communities or in rural settings. Approximately 50% of the Confederated Tribes membership live on or adjacent to the res.Numerous chronic situations affect the daily lives of Colville tribal members such as high unemployment on the Colville Indian Reservation and lack of employment opportunities for much of the available labor force. Individuals and families suffer from the effects of extensive drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, and crime. In many instances, Colville Indian families are living below the national poverty standards year after year and depend on the Confederated Tribes and other welfare systems to survive.Colville Indians Reservation communities lack adequate affordable housing, home water systems and even electricity. Safe, unable roadways throughout the reservation are lacking. Modern health clinics and youth shelters are also very low. The Confederated tribes strive to protect and enhance the quality of life for Colville tribal members and at the same time, govern as a sovereign nation. Some might say that the Colville Indians used to survive better with centuries ago, probably because there were more salmon to harvest.Bibliography:www.colvilleindians.comwww.wsulibs.wsu.edu

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