Native American Tribes Nations and Confederacies: Kalispel

The Kalispel, or Pend d'Oreille , are Native North Americans whose language belongs to the Salishan branch of the Algonquian-Wakashan linguistic stock . The Kalispel were given the name Pend d'Oreille by the French because of their custom of wearing shell earrings. In the early 19th century the Kalispel occupied Northern Montana, North Idaho, and North Washington.

They then numbered some 1,600 and their culture was similar to that of the Spokan and other tribes of the Plateau area. Today the Kalispel live on the Kalispel and Colville reservations, both in North Washington.

Descendants of other Kalispel live as part of the confederated Salish and Kootenai tribe on the Flathead Reservation in Montana. In 1990 there were a mere 175 Kalispel left in the United States.




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