Ethnie: TENINO
Language: Tenino
Family: Shahaptin
Stock: Plateau Penutian
Phylum: Penutian
Macro-Culture: Northwestern Plateau
Speakers 200   1977 SIL
     The Tenino were a hunter/gather nation which relied heavily on fishing.  They lived, for the most part, along the Columbia from the Deschutes to the Umatilla.  They suffered great losses from the White influx, and separated into several locations after the Wasco Treaty of 1855.
Aboriginal Locations
OR 3 villages, WA 5 villages
Present Locations
OR  Warm Springs Reservation, Warm Springs; Celilo Valage, Wasco County
Year History
1805 Met by Lewis and Clark
1811 David Thompson explored the length of the Columbia River
1824 Smallpox epidemic
1829 Smallpox epidemic
1841 Influx of Oregon Trail settlers began, conflicts followed
1847 Measles epidemic, 
1851 Partially merged with Nez Perce
1855 Involved in Yakima War, thereafter joined the Warm Springs Reservation
Year U.S. Population OR WA Source
1700 3,600 1,400 2,200 NAHDB calculation
1780 3,600 Mooney estimate
1800 3,000 1,100 1,900 NAHDB calculation
1900 0 0 0 NAHDB calculation (Had joined Warm Springs Reservation)
2000 0 0 0 NAHDB calculation
Other speakers of the same language:
Tenino Sites:
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Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs ...
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Tenino Language
Tenino Linguistic Lineage
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