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Colville Tribes

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Guide to Colville Tribes ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and other agency records.

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Tribal Headquarters

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
P. O. Box 150
Nespelem, WA 99155
Phone: 1.509.634.2200
Fax: 1.509.634.4116


The Colville Reservation is located in northeastern (Ferry and Okanogan Counties) Washington, about 100 miles northwest of Spokane

Established -- 9 April 1872
Agency (BIA) -- Colville
Principal tribes -- Coeur d'Aléne (Skitswish), Colville, Kalispel, Okanagan, Lake (Senijextee), Methow, Nespelim,Pend d'Oreille, Sanpoil, Spokan.
Population -- 1969: Tribal enrollment 4,953 [1]

Brief Timeline

1782-1783: Small pox epidemic depopulates the tribe

1825: Fort Colville is established

1872: Colville Reservation is established

  • 1883 July 7, agreement with the Columbia (unratified)

Additional References to the History of the Tribe

Frederick Webb Hodge, in his Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico, gave a more complete history of the Colville tribe, with estimations of the population of the tribe at various time periods


The majority of records of individuals were those created by the agencies. Some records may be available to tribal members through the tribal headquarters.They were (and are) the local office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and were charged with maintaining records of the activities of those under their responsibility. Among these records are:

Land records: Tribally owned: 937,240 acres Allotted land: 74,248


Colville Reservation


  • 1883 July 7, agreement with the Columbia (unratified)

Important Websites

For Further Reading

For background information to help find American Indian ancestors see For Further Reading.


  1. Indian Reservations A State and Federal Handbook. Compiled by The Confederation of American Indians, New York, N.Y. McFarland and Co. Inc., Jefferson, North Carolina, c. 1986. FHL book 970.1 In2