Kootenai Tribe

Kootenai Tribe

About Kootenai Tribe

The Ktunaxa (pronounced, also known as Kootenay (predominant spelling in Canada), Kootenai (predominant spelling in the United States) or Kutenai, are an indigenous people of North America. There are four bands that form the Ktunaxa Nation and the historic allied and through intermarriage kindred Shuswap Indian Band in British Columbia, in Montana together with the Bitterroot Salish (also known as Flathead) and Upper Pend d'Oreilles they are part of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation. There are also the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho in Idaho and small populations in Washington in the United States, where they are part of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. The Ktunaxa language is an isolate, unrelated to the languages of neighbouring peoples. There are 4 bands in south-eastern British Columbia, 1 band in northern Idaho, 1 band in north-western Montana, and there are also small populations in Washington.