Tribal History

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation is located between the Okanogan and Columbia Rivers and consists of 1.4 million acres.  The reservation is surrounded by the Okanogan and Colville National Forests and private lands. Just 260 miles from Seattle and 80 miles from Spokane, the reservation can offer a quiet and enjoyable retreat from the major population centers.

The Colville Reservation is home to twelve tribes including the Lakes, Okanogan, Entiat, Chelan, Methow, Moses Columbia, Nespelem, Palouse, San Poil, Colville, Wenatchi, and Nez Perce. Visitors are welcome to learn about our diverse cultures at the tribal museum and gift shop in Coulee Dam or drive State Highway 155 which bisects the reservation.

Colville Tribal Enterprises Corporation (CTEC), the reservation’s economic development arm began modestly in 1984 to provide employment for tribal members in construction and the forest industry.  Today, it offers visitors a variety of recreational opportunities. Among the popular events are a tribal Fourth of July Powwow, and the Suicide Run and Powwow at the Omak Stampede in August.