Nooksack Indians

Nooksack Indians. Meaning “mountain men.” Also spelled Nooksak and Nooksak.

Nooksack Connections. The Nooksack belonged to the coastal division of the Salishan linguistic family. Hill-Tout (1902) says they separated from the Squawmish of British Columbia and speak the same dialect.

Nooksack Location. On Nooksack River, Whatcom County.

Nooksack Population. In 1906, 200 Nooksack were officially returned, but Hill-Tout (1902) states that in 1902 there were only about 6 true male members of the tribe. The census of 1910 gives 85 under this name, and the Report of the United States Office of Indian Affairs for 1937 returned 239. (See Lummi.)

Connection in which the Nooksack Indians have become noted. Nooksack River and Nooksack town in Whatcom County, Washington, preserve the name.

Swanton, John R. The Indian Tribes of North America. Bureau of American Ethnology, Bulletin 145. Washington DC: US Government Printing Office. 1953.

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