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State committee OKs Squaw Creek name change

State committee OKs Squaw Creek name change

A state committee has approved a name change for Squaw Creek south of Methow, bringing it one step closer to being rechristened as Swaram Creek, the original name used by Native Americans. The change to Swaram Creek was approved by six members of the Washington State Committee on …
State committee to consider Squaw Creek name change

State committee to consider Squaw Creek name change

When Mark Miller was a young boy growing up in Pateros, he got into a fight with an older boy who had referred to his sister as a “squaw.” A descendant of the Methow Tribe, Miller had always known the word to be derogatory. Now, he’d like to see the name of Squaw Creek near …...
Why ‘squaw’ is offensive, disrespectful to the Methow People

Why ‘squaw’ is offensive, disrespectful to the Methow People

By Mark Miller Joanna Bastian, community member and journalist, requested an interview of me on behalf of the Methow Valley News after the 2014 Carlton Complex fires. That interview led to a series of articles that helped illustrate the “Indian” perspective about the Methow People. After a time of gained confidence and demonstrated understanding of Indian...
‘Lost Homeland’ tells little-known history of Methow Tribe

‘Lost Homeland’ tells little-known history of Methow Tribe

A history that is unknown to most people — how the Methow Tribe lost its revered homeland in the Methow Valley — is detailed for the first time in a book by local author and historian E. Richard Hart. In 1879…
Project seeks artifacts of Methow Valley’s first inhabitants

Project seeks artifacts of Methow Valley’s first inhabitants

Photo exhibit planned at Interpretive Center in Twisp By Ann McCreary Evidence of the Methow Valley’s earliest inhabitants, such as arrowheads and stone tools, sheds light on who these people were and how they lived. A new research project launched at the Methow Valley Interpretive Center (MVIC) seeks to locate and document Native American artifacts...
Pateros unveils a lasting monument to the Methow Valley’s first people

Pateros unveils a lasting monument to the Methow Valley’s first people

Located along the shoreline of the Columbia River, the Methow Monument integrates the natural elements of water, stone, and native plants. An educational park, the space is designed to recognize the Methow’s role in shaping this community from past to present. Last year, the …
Lower Valley: September 28, 2016

Lower Valley: September 28, 2016

By Joanna Bastian If a person’s eyes are the windows to the soul, then their hands must certainly be the doors. It is said, “actions speak louder than words.” In 1889, thousands of young men swarmed into the Methow Valley to join the mining effort. Mining camps developed overnight in every drainage. One such rough...
Preserving the legacy of land

Preserving the legacy of land

Miller family members are the last Methow tribe descendants to live on a Moses Allotment Editor’s note: For more than 13,000 years, Native Americans have lived along the waterways of the Pacific Northwest. Columbia River tribes share the names of waterways they call home: the Entiats, the Wenatchiis, the Chelans, the Lakes, the Okanagans and...
Preserving the Salish language

Preserving the Salish language

The Miller family helped revive interest in their native tongue Editor’s note: For more than 13,000 years, Native Americans have lived along the waterways of the Pacific Northwest. Columbia River tribes share the names of waterways they call home: the Entiats, the Wenatchiis, the Chelans, the Lakes, the Okanagans and the Methows. Members of the...
Preserving age-old weaving traditions

Preserving age-old weaving traditions

The Miller family, descended from the original Methow tribe, is determined to keep the art of basket weaving alive Editor’s note: For more than 13,000 years, Native Americans have lived along the waterways of the Pacific Northwest. Columbia River tribes share the names of waterways they call home: the Entiats, the Wenatchiis, the Chelans, the...