Nkwusm Family


~The mission of Nk̓ʷusm is to recreate a process whereby the Salish Language is passed from parents to children, elder to youth in an effort to holistically preserve the language, perpetuating the Salish way of life and worldview.


It is the dream of four young Salish people to revitalize the Salish Language and bring it back to the people.  Nk̓ʷusm Salish Language School is the beginning of the realization of that dream.

Melanie Sandoval, Chaney Bell, Josh Brown, & Tachini Pete founded Nk̓ʷusm, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, in 2002.  The organization began with the mission of recreating a process where the language is passed from parent to child as once was common.  The organization is comitted to revitalizing the Salish Language through development of a school and other community learning programs.  Nk̓ʷusm operates 2 programs: Salish Language Apprentice Program and Nk̓ʷusm - Salish Language School. 

Now in its 14th year, Nk̓ʷusm continues to lead the way in Salish language revitalization by operating the language school. Nk̓ʷusm works to ensure the continuation of the language in the community by maintaining, enhancing and creating comprehensive Salish language education programs for youth and adults.

Nk̓ʷusm continues to seek funding to further develop and fully implement an adult immersion and teacher training program. All development is located in the Flathead Reservation.

The objectives of Nk̓ʷusm are to increase the number of quality materials available to teach the Salish language for primary students by creating a complete curriculum with materials and activities for the primary grades; increase the number of speakers through community participation in school activities and programs and the school's participation in community activities; increase the fluency of Salish speakers through participation in the school and the school's outreach programs; and ultimately recreating the process whereby the Salish language is passed from parent to child.