The name, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation will remain just that. The results of a referendum election on whether to change the reservation’s name were announced late last week and just over 84% of responding members said keep the name as it is.
Over 7,000 ballots were sent out but just over 1,900 valid ballots were tabulated with 1630 “no” votes against a name change and over 296 “yes” votes favoring a new name. The Colville name came from Andrew Colvile, a Governor of the Hudson Bay Company. In 1872, an Executive Order identified the tribal confederation with the word “Colville.” Today, more than 9,500 descendants of 12 aboriginal tribes of Indians are enrolled in the Confederated Tribes of the Colville.