Kalispel-Spokane-Pend d'Oreille-Salish

[aka Nqlispélišcn, Kalispel, Kalispel-Pend d'Oreille]

Classification: Salishan


severely endangered

The Salish School of Spokane school hosts an annual fundraiser, Coyote Speaks, featuring award-winning and best-selling author Sherman Alexie, a Spokane Indian who was raised on the Spokane Reservation. “I know the dirty words, I can count to 10, and I can pick up words enough to have an idea if my mom was talking about me on the phone when I was a kid,” Alexie said by telephone this week. “It’s one of the reasons I’m so vitally interested in the school and what they’re doing.”

Sara Oldaugh

Spokane, WA, USA

May 2, 2014