Welcome to the People's Center

Sqelixw-Aqlsmaknik (The People's Center) is the place to experience the rich cultural heritage of the Salish, Pend d'Oreille and Kootenai tribes. The traditions and culture of our tribes have been passed down orally from generation to generation since time began. As our lifestyles change with time and technology, we continue to preserve and protect our heritage, history and culture. We invite you to explore the artifacts and exhibits, and to hear the stories of our people in their own voices. We also invite you to participate in our cultural activities, our celebrations, known as pow-wows, and other events reflecting the Tribes.

The People's Center perpetuates this rich heritage, through our tradition of oral history, and by creating opportunities of exchange between tribal elders, youth and the public. Through education, we hope to dispel myths and stereotyping of Native Americans and create better understanding between all peoples. We are owned and operated by the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes.


Throughout the year, the People's Center's Education Program offers demonstrations and history on traditional and contemporary life-ways. Providing gatherings, temporary displays, history presentations and the continued practicing of traditional events.



If you're interested in cultural collections visit The People's Center's museum. The largest collection for viewing lies in the main exhibit room, titled "The First Sun The Beginning", which first opened in 1994. This exhibit has been updated with additional exhibit pieces.


Gift Shop

The People's Center Gift Shop has a beautiful collection of local Native American artists' work for sale such as paintings, photos, bead work, painted skulls, jewelry and more. The items for sale are hand crafted, which include authentic tribal moccasins.




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The People's Center is open Monday-Thursday 8am-4pm. Masks requried.