Kalispel people are thought to have come from British Columbia, Canada. In the 18th century, Blackfeet people pushed them from the Great Plains to Pend d’Oreille River and Lake Pend Oreille. The town of Kalispell, Montana is named after the tribe. The Upper Kalispel were forced onto an Indian reservation in Montana while the Lower Kalispel remained on their homelands in Washington.
The Kalispel Indians were semi-nomadic hunters, differs and fishermen. They were often called the “river/lake paddlers.” The Kalispel Indian Reservation is located in Usk, Washington in Pend Oreille County.