Indians of the Northwest
(History Compass, Nov. 1, 2009)
The natives of the Northwestern region of the U.S. had shared the land with the animals and plants of the forests, plains, rivers, and oceans for thousands of years, before the arrival of the white man. Since then, they faced a struggle to maintain the right to use these lands and waterways, preserve their sacred ancestral grounds, and continue to live their lives within the framework and traditions of the cultural heritage of the many tribes, which together are called the Northwest Indians. Indian myths, oral histories, journal entries, and excerpts from treaties depict the experiences of the many tribes, including the Klamath, Nez Perce, Paiute, and Siletz.