A message from Gary Aitken Jr.
This Covenant was made with the
Creator by the first Kootenai People of this great area. To
this day, we still honor and respect this Covenant. The Kootenai
People have survived more than a century of adversity and
have prospered in all areas of life based on this agreement.
Our successes have been a result of strong leadership. I give
thanks to all my elders and past leaders who have assisted
and given their dedication to the benefit of this tribe. I
also give most appreciation to those who involved themselves
in the war of 1974. Since this time we have prospered tremendously.
Our people are once again proud and we are grateful of all
the things we are provided.
Programs envisioned by the Council and developed by Tribal
members have resulted in a holistic watershed approach to
the Kootenai River system.... addressing natural resource
issues across cultural, social, jurisdictional, political
and geographical boundaries. Our efforts have recognized that
water quality, habitat and ecosystem health are integrally
The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho is proud of our Fish & Wildlife
Department and our Tribal Hatchery efforts to restore Kootenai
River White Sturgeon, the Tribal Health Clinic for providing
quality health care to members and the Environmental Department
for addressing air quality and working to improve the environment
for everyone. The Tribe has also led the way in addressing
water quality issues, contributing to the broader goal of
the ecosystem restoration. We are also proud of our Kootenai
River Inn Casino and Spa which has provided economic stability
for tribal members and is a strong basis for our economic
future. With this operation we now have the ability to provide
the best of higher education for our younger generation. The
Inn has also provided employment opportunities to the broader
This beautiful area has always been home to the Kootenai People,
and with the continued support of the members and responsible
leadership our Covenant will forever be fulfilled. The Kootenai
Tribe of Idaho will graciously continue our efforts to provide
for our future.