NESPELEM - Several individuals have purported to represent the interests of the Wenatchi Tribe. These individuals have held themselves out in public as representatives of the Wenatchi Tribe, including in several news articles. The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation wishes to clarify that these individuals are not acting on behalf of the Colville Tribes or of the Wenatchi Tribe. 

Specifically, the Colville Tribes is not currently affiliated with any fundraising efforts to buy back land in its traditional territories. These fundraisers are being held by individuals who do not have authority to act on behalf of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation or its constituent tribes, including the Wenatchi Tribe. 

Any questions about the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation or its constituent tribes are properly directed to the Colville tribal government. Individual tribal members are not authorized contacts. The Tribes’ media contact Neeka Somday is available at (509) 634-2213 or by email at

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