Although much has been published on the Nez Perce Indians, there have been relatively few scholarly works focusing on the Indians of the Northwest Plateau. The two major language families on the Columbia Plateau are Sahaptin and Salish. This bibliography concentrates primarily on the former, providing detailed annotations of sources dealing with the Yakima, Palouse, Cayuse, Umatilla, Walla Walla, and Wanapum Indians. It is largely a historical bibliography, although some sources include information pertinent to geographers, anthropologists, economists, and biologists. The work includes secondary sources and a selected number of primary U.S. government documents.
B> Clifford E. Trafzer is Professor, Chair of Ethnic Studies, and Director of American Indian Studies at the University of California, Riverside. He is the author and editor of several books on Northwestern Indian history, including Indians, Superintendents, and Councils: Northwestern Indian Policy, 1850 -1855; Northwestern Tribes in Exile; and Renegade Tribe: The Palouse Indians and the Invasion of the Inland Pacific Northwest, which won the Governor's Book Award for the best nonfiction work published on the Northwest. He is currently working on a social history of death on the Yakima Reservation.