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Columbia Communities

Map, Columbia River

Provides documents, photographs, oral histories, and an essay to present a historical narrative of a Columbia River community's transformations over the past 200 years. The site's 19 documents, 17 photos, and 14 oral histories--six of which are presented as audio clips--offer glimpses into the cultures of the people who have lived in the Pend Oreille region of northern Idaho and the social interactions that have occurred there. Covers the history and culture of the Kalispel Indians, changes due to white settlement beginning in the 1880s, and controversies ranging for nearly a half-century over the proposed building of a dam along the Albeni Falls. Also addresses the impact of the dam on the community and the town of Sandpoint after its completion and a controversy in the religious community concerning antisemitism. Though modest in size, this site will interest those studying community history, Native American history, and the history of the West.