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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
Over time the Kalispel Indians of northeastern Washington resisted all federal attempts to remove them from their original homelands. Their tenacious attachment to the land eventually enabled them to gain title to a small reservation on the Pend Oreille River. Never fully satisfied with the size of their reservation (4,269.27 acres) and determined to ensure their cultural survival, the Kalispels initiated a land claims case in 1950. Thirteen long and politically difficult years later the tribe settled for three million dollars. Thereafter, they used the settlement to secure their economic future.
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