Kutenai in United States


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Kutenai culture combined elements from the plains and the plateau tribes. Like the plains Indians they rode horses and lived in teepees. They engaged in communal fishing like the plateau tribes. Their leadership structure was informal, with a council of elders. They took captive women and children from other tribes; eventually there was intermarriage. Today First Nation tribes are often blended by region.

The Kutenai lived in Canada’s British Colombia province and the American states of Montana and Idaho.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kutenai never signed a peace treaty with the US. In 1974 they “declared war” on the US government, which meant they blocked Highway 95 and charged a toll for motorists. Eventually there was an agreement, and there was no bloodshed.

Like other First Nations people, the Kutenai have either assimilated into the dominant culture or they have struggled to have their needs met. Those who have assimilated often own businesses like golf courses, resorts, housing developments and casinos. Others work in land management or in fire prevention. At home, they try to maintain their traditional culture.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Traditionally the Kutenai were animistic, and they worshipped the sun. They also had shamans. Today most are officially Christian.


What Are Their Needs?

The Kutenai need opportunities to make a good living in the 21st century. They need good schools and educational opportunities.


Prayer Points

Pray for a spiritual hunger that will lead Kutenai elders to seek and find Jesus Christ.

Pray for them to put all their faith in the one who came to give life to the full.

Pray for Kutenai disciples to make more disciples.


Scripture Prayers for the Kutenai in United States.


References

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Kutenai

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kutenai

http://www.flatheadwatershed.org/cultural_history/history_people.shtml


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Kutenai
People Name in Country Kutenai
Alternate Names
Population this Country 500
Population all Countries 1,700
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 3
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 12890
ROP3 Code 105491
ROP25 Code 304450
ROP25 Name Kutenai
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Idaho: Flathead Reservation; Montana.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Idaho: Flathead Reservation; Montana..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.00 %)
65.00 %
Ethnic Religions
20.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
15.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Kutenai (500 speakers)
Language Code kut   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Kutenai (500 speakers)
Language Code kut   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Kutenai

Primary Language:  Kutenai

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

Resource Type Resource Name Source
None reported  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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