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Helping Shape Our Children’s Future

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The Waterfall School is creating a beautiful new category of speakers -- the emerging speakers.

The people of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation consist of 12 tribes or bands, speaking three indigenous languages. Our languages (nqilxʷcntət) have not been spoken in our homes as first languages for well more than a generation. While only a few first-language speakers remain, that is changing. 

Hearts Gathered works to revitalize Okanagan Salish (nsəlxcin) by operating the Waterfall School, a language immersion Montessori school located on the Colville Reservation near Omak, Washington.


We serve children ages 2.5 to 12 years old in two classrooms: a Primary Classroom (ages 2.5-6) and an Elementary Classroom (ages 6-12) with wrap-around child care. This fall, we will be opening our Assistants to Infancy classroom, serving birth to age 3.



Hearts Gathered Waterfall School is a gem on the Colville Reservation.

We are dedicated to revitalizing the nsəlxcín (Okanogan) language and traditional cultural practices through the holistic development of children from birth to adulthood, based in Montessori education.

The Montessori approach is a framework that aligns beautifully within our cultural values to create a warm, nurturing educational setting in which children can excel.

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