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        Sovereign Nations Episode One: Native American Tribes of the Inland Northwest

        KSPS's Sovereign Nations is a two-part series that tells the story of how the Native American soverign nations of the Inland Northwest came to be. 

        The relationships that began forming when fur trappers first came to the Northwest in search of riches affect the way the government and communities interact with Native Americans to this day.

        Episode one of this documentary series focuses on the arrival of Europeans on Native American land, treaty enactments, and critical battles between the Native American tribes and European settlers. Use the accompanying teacher's guide to engage students in a variety of learning activities. Visit KSPS Education for additional educator resources.

         

        Sovereign Nations Ep 1- Native American Tribes of the Inland Northwest

        The prominent Native American tribal groups of the Inland Northwest explained.

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        Sovereign Nations Ep 1- Europeans Arrive

        In 1792, the outside world became aware of the Columbia River, bringing European Settlers such as David Thompson to establish trading posts.

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        Sovereign Nations Ep 1- Missionaries Arrive

        In the early 1800s, European trappers were the first to expose the tribes of the Inland Northwest to white religion.

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        Sovereign Nations Ep 1- The Donation Act

        In 1850, congress passed the Donation Act which opened non-settled land for settlement even those already occupied by the Indian tribes.

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        Sovereign Nations Ep 1- Battle of Steptoe

        The Battle of Steptoe began on May 1, 1858 as a result of Colonel EJ Steptoe’s foray into Coeur D’Alene Indian territory. Steptoe’s troops were defeated by allied Indian tribes of the Coeur d’Alene, Spokane, Palouse and Northern Paiute.

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        Sovereign Nations Ep 1- Wright’s Campaign

        Troops, led by Colonel Georg H. Wright, were sent to Washington territory in retaliation to the Indians’ defeat of Steptoe’s troops.

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        Sovereign Nations Ep 1- Battle of the Spokane Plains

        The Battle of the Spokane Plains, led by Colonel Wright, took place over fourteen miles of hills, ravines, woods, and rocks. The fight greatly weakened the allied tribes.

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        Sovereign Nations Ep 1- The Coeur D’Alene Treaty

        Following a near defeat during the Battle of the Spokane Plains, the Coeur D’Alene tribe agreed to a peace treaty drafted by Colonel Wright.

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        Sovereign Nations Ep 1- Spokane Treaty

        After settling with the Coeur D’Alenes, Wright’s troop signed a similar treaty with the Spokanes and other tribes in Latah Creek, WA.

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        Sovereign Nations Ep 1- The Hangings

        After the signing of the peace treaties, Colonel Wright ordered the hanging of 15 Indians to avenge the deaths of the two white miners that Colonel Steptoe was sent out to support.

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        Sovereign Nations Ep 1- Aftermath

        Colonel Wright’s actions are a point of controversy: his actions were admired during that time period but, today, are seen as brutal and unconscionable.

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