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Pauline Flett, who revived Spokane Tribe’s Native language, dies at 93

“Virtually everything that exists in the Spokane language today, that’s ever been documented, has been a result of her work,” one member of the Spokane Tribe said. “If the Spokane …

UPDATED: Fri., July 26, 2019

‘It makes us stronger’: Spokane gathering celebrates efforts to sustain indigenous languages

Hundreds of families, students and community members gathered to celebrate and honor the Salish language at a rally in Riverfront Park Friday.

Salish School of Spokane adding high school students

After an online program to teach Native American high school students resulted in failure this past year, Salish School of Spokane decided to take the steps to privatize and follow …

Regional tribes hold Salish language conference

Indigenous languages once considered nearly extinct could be heard echoing through the halls of Northern Quest Resort and Casino this week.

Saving Salish: Regional tribes aim to increase fluency for future generations

A year ago, the Kalispel Tribe opened a Salish immersion school, Snyoyoʔspuʔúsm or Place of the Good-Hearted. The facility is one tool among widespread revitalization efforts to save an endangered …

100 years ago in Spokane: Man who traded with Spokane Tribe says tribal language should be saved before its too late

A.E. Lewis of Miles, Wash., wrote an article advocating the preservation of the “Spokane tongue,” meaning the Spokane tribal language. He said that death and assimilation was making the tribe …

Rob Curley: Spokane Indians and tribe form unique Cooperstown combination

A Spokane Indians jersey is now in Cooperstown. And not just temporarily there. It’s a permanent part of the baseball hall of fame’s storied collection of artifacts celebrating the National …

Canada Island renamed in Salish for the Spokane Tribe

The name snxw meneɂ (sin-HOO-men-huh) means “salmon people” in the Salish tongue spoken by the tribe. The island had previously been known as Cannon, and Crystal, Island.

Salish School plans revolutionary approach with $1 million grant

The Salish School of Spokane received a $1 million federal grant, Thursday. The school, which is dedicated to preserving the Salish languages and associated cultures, will use the money to …

100 years ago in Spokane: Older women look younger because they’re wearing shorter skirts, officials say

From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane’s liquor license clerks were confounded by a startling new problem: They could no longer tell a woman’s age by the length of her …

Salish School of Spokane hopes to bind families, save a language

A Spokane school that teaches Salish, an indigenous language, as a form of cultural healing and connection is looking to expand.

Spokane Tribe of Indians holds 100th Labor Day powwow

The 100th Spokane Tribe of Indians Labor Day Celebration and Powwow blended tradition and modernity. “There’s a melding of the old and the new, which is good,” said Dave Brown …

Spokane Indians baseball uniforms sport Salish word

When the Spokane Indians baseball players take the field this summer, the team name will be blazoned across their chests: “Sp’q’n’i.” That’s the Spokane Salish language version of the name. …

Local historians find proof of Chief Garry’s original tribal name

Chief Spokane Garry (ca. 1811-1892), the famed leader of the Spokane Indians, is one of the most extensively researched figures in Spokane’s history. Yet history has long been silent about …

Tribes keep language alive

The unmistakable melody of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” filled the packed room at the Pavilion at Northern Quest Resort and Casino. A trio of women took the stage, executing the iconic …

Unique summer programs at libraries to entertain

It’s summertime and your kids might be complaining of boredom. To keep them busy, check out some of the children’s activities going on in the Spokane County Library District.

School immerses tribes’ young in Salish language

Speakers of English as a second language say that they respond differently when someone speaks to them in their first language. There’s a deep emotional connection to that first language, …

Preschool immerses tribes’ young in Salish

Speakers of English as a second language say that they respond differently when someone speaks to them in their first language. There’s a deep emotional connection to that first language, …