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Kootenay

[koot-n-ey, -n-ee] /ˈkut nˌeɪ, -nˌi/
noun
1.
a river flowing from SW Canada through NW Montana and N Idaho, swinging back into Canada to the Columbia River. 400 miles (645 km) long.
Also, Kootenai, Kutenay, Kutenai.

Kutenai

[koot-n-ey, -n-ee] /ˈkut nˌeɪ, -nˌi/
noun
1.
a member of a North American Indian people of British Columbia, Montana, and Idaho.
2.
the language of the Kutenai Indians.
3.
Also, Kutenay.
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Kootenay

/ˈkuːtəniː; ˈkuːtneɪ/
noun
1.
a river in W North America, rising in SE British Columbia and flowing south into NW Montana, then north into Idaho before re-entering British Columbia, broadening into Kootenay Lake, then flowing to the Columbia River. Length: 655 km (407 miles)
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Encyclopedia Article for kutenay

Kutenai

North American Indian tribe that traditionally lived in what are now southeastern British Columbia, northern Idaho, and northwestern Montana. Their language is of uncertain classification, some authorities placing it in the Wakashan family and some classifying it independently. The tribe is thought to be descended from an ancient Blackfoot group that migrated westward from the Great Plains to the drainage of the Kootenai River, a tributary of the upper Columbia. Plentiful streams and lakes, adequate rainfall, and abundant game and fish made this area the most favourable part of the plateau between the Rockies and the Pacific Coast Ranges.

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