Nespelem is a town in Okanogan County, Washington, rich with Native American and mining history. Originally founded by the Yakima leader Chief Kamiakin, “Nespelem” is a Native American word meaning "large meadow beside a stream". The small town of 236 residents, located on the Colville Indian Reservation, is home to the Colville Tribal Cultural Center and hosts the site of a historic Nez Perce cemetery. Among those buried there is Chief Joseph.


The 4th of July Pow Wow is the Colville Tribes largest cultural event and attracts the best singers and dancers throughout Indian Country. See if you can find the Sasquatch at Disautel Pass (Hwy 155); an 18 foot metal sculpture by Native artist Smoker Marchand. 

Colville Confederated Tribes
PO Box 150
Nespelem, WA 99116
(509) 634-4711