Kootenai Indians, Idaho

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Alternate names:: Kootenai, Kootenay, Kootenai Indians of Idaho, kootenae, Kootenaha, Kouttainis, Koutaine, Kitinqu
Ancestral Home: northwestern Montana, northern Idaho, northeastern Washington, southeastern British Columbia and Alberta

Population: 1990 U.S. Census 745 living in the United States

History

Brief Timeline

  • 1795: Duncan M'Gillivray, a treader encounters the Kootenai tribe.
  • Early 1800's: David Thompson, explorer, established trade relations for the North West Company. He built a trading post named Kootenai House in 1807.
  • 1806: Lewis and Clark Expedition, encounter the Kootenai  tribe in the Bitterroot Valley, Montana
  • 1855: "Hell's Gate"Treaty with the Blackfeet, Piagan, Blood, Gros Ventres, FLathead, Pend d'Oreille and Kootenai tribes. 
  • 1855: Treaty with the Flathead
  • move to Flathead reservation
  • move to Kootenai reservation
  • 1935: the Kootenai and Salish living on the Flathead Reservation incorporate and become the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
  • 1947: approved a constitution

Brief History

Reservations

The Kootenai Indians are associated with both the Kootenai Reservation in Idaho and the Flathead Reservation in Montana. Some also live in British Columbia.

Additional References to the History of the Tribe

Tribal Headquarters

The Kootenai Indians reside primarily in Idaho.

Kootenai Tribe of Idaho
P.O. Box 1269
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805-1269
Phone: 208.267.3519
Fax: 208.267.2960

Records

Agency records

Correspondence and Census

Tribe Agency

Location of Original Records

Pre-1880 Correspondence

M234 RG 75 Rolls 962

Roll Number

FHL

Film

Number

Post-1885 Census

M 595 RG 75 Rolls 693

Roll Number

FHL

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Kootenai

Montana Superintendency,1864-80

Washington D.C. Rolls 488-518 - Rolls 107-08,  302 -

Treaties

  •  1855: October 17, at Judith River, Territory of Nebraska, with the Blackfeet 
  •  1855: July 16, at Hall Gate, in Bitter Root Valley,with the Flathead, Upper Pend d'Oreille  

Important Web Sites

References


Bibliography

  • Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives; Record Group 75, Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
  • Hodge, Frederick Webb. Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1906 Available online.
  • Klein, Barry T., ed. Reference Encyclopedia of the American Indian. Nyack, New York: Todd Publications, 2009. 10th ed. WorldCat 317923332; FHL book 970.1 R259e.
  • Malinowski, Sharon and Sheets, Anna, eds. The Gale Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes. Detroit: Gale Publishing, 1998. 4 volumes. Includes: Lists of Federally Recognized Tribes for U.S., Alaska, and Canada – pp. 513-529 Alphabetical Listing of Tribes, with reference to volume and page in this series Map of “Historic Locations of U.S. Native Groups” Map of “Historic Locations of Canadian Native Groups” Map of “Historic Locations of Mexican, Hawaiian and Caribbean Native Groups” Maps of “State and Federally Recognized U.S. Indian Reservations. WorldCat 37475188; FHL book 970.1 G131g.
Vol. 1 -- Northeast, Southeast, Caribbean
Vol. 2 -- Great Basin, Southwest, Middle America
Vol. 3 -- Arctic, Subarctic, Great Plains, Plateau
Vol. 4 -- California, Pacific Northwest, Pacific Islands
  • Sturtevant, William C. Handbook of North American Indians. 20 vols., some not yet published. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1978– .
Volume 1 -- Not yet published
Volume 2 -- Indians in Contemporary Society (pub. 2008) -- WorldCat 234303751
Volume 3 -- Environment, Origins, and Population (pub. 2006) -- WorldCat 255572371
Volume 4 -- History of Indian-White Relations (pub. 1988) -- WorldCat 19331914; FHL book 970.1 H191h v.4.
Volume 5 -- Arctic (pub. 1984) -- WorldCat 299653808; FHL book 970.1 H191h v.5.
Volume 6 -- Subarctic (pub. 1981) -- WorldCat 247493742; FHL book 970.1 H191h v.6.
Volume 7 -- Northwest Coast (pub. 1990) -- WorldCat 247493311
Volume 8 -- California (pub. 1978) -- WorldCat 13240086; FHL book 970.1 H191h v.8.
Volume 9 -- Southwest (pub. 1979) -- WorldCat 26140053; FHL book 970.1 H191h v.9.
Volume 10 -- Southwest (pub. 1983) -- WorldCat 301504096; FHL book 970.1 H191h v.10.
Volume 11 -- Great Basin (pub. 1986) -- WorldCat 256516416; FHL book 970.1 H191h v.11.
Volume 12 -- Plateau (pub. 1998) -- WorldCat 39401371; FHL book 970.1 H191h v.12.
Volume 13 -- Plains, 2 vols. (pub. 2001) -- WorldCat 48209643
Volume 14 -- Southeast (pub. 2004) -- WorldCat 254277176
Volume 15 -- Northwest (pub. 1978) -- WorldCat 356517503; FHL book 970.1 H191h v.15.
Volume 16 -- Not yet published
Volume 17 -- Languages (pub. 1996) -- WorldCat 43957746
Volume 18 -- Not yet published
Volume 19 -- Not yet published
Volume 20 -- Not yet published