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Welcome friends! Enjoy learning the Spokane language. Spokane is the westernmost dialect of a language continuum extending from Montana to Washington State. Sister dialects are Kalispel and Flathead. We are located in Wellpinit, Washington. Our reservation is between the confluence of the Columbia and Spokane Rivers in eastern Washington State.



The Language/Culture Program’s main goal is to revitalize the Spokane Tribal Language and Culture.   Our vision is to hear the language spoken throughout the reservation again.

We will continue to add lessons, stories and a computerized dictionary to our website.

Check the language website and facebook page to see the times that classes are offered during the week.  Also we welcome any suggestions that will help us improve service to the community. 




Marsha Wynecoop

Language Program Manager

Spokane Tribe

Mission Statement

The mission of the Spokane Tribal Language and Culture Program is to restore and revive the Spokane Tribal Language as spoken by our ancestors for the present and future generations of the Spokane Tribal Community.  We are committed to the Spokane Tribe, the language, culture to family and our community.



Seven Generations from Today:  140 years

The language is spoken throughout the tribal community.  The reclaiming of the language and culture has caused a new sense of pride and dignity in the people.  Many of the social problems of the past have been erased and our people are healthy in all aspects of their lives.


Our purpose is to ensure the revitalization of our Language and Culture for the future generations of the Spokane Tribal Community.

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