Ethnie: MOLALA
Language: Molala
Family: Molala
Stock: Molala
Phylum: Penutian
Macro-Culture: Northwestern Plateau
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     The Molala were a semi-sedentary hunter/gatherer tribe.  They were located in Oregon, with their range to the head of the Wallawalla, Umatilla, and Grande Ronde Rivers.  The Molala separated from the Cayuse after 1780 and most settled on the Grand Ronde Reservation in 1857 and 1877.  An estimated 20 of the tribe absorbed into southern Oregon tribes.
Aboriginal Locations
OR with no subdivisions
Oregon Present Locations
OR  Grand Ronde Reservation
Year History
1780 Molala with Cayuse, soon fissioned
1811 David Thompson explored the length of the Columbia River
1838 Mission established by Marcus Whitman near present Whitman
1841 Influx of Oregon Trail settlers began, conflicts followed
1853 Smallpox epidemic
1855 Southern Molala agreed to join other tribes by treaty
1857 Grand Ronde Reservation established
1877 Gatschet found several Molala families living at Grand Ronde Reservation and 20 others living west of Klamath Lake
Year U.S. Population Source
1700 0 NAHDB calculation (Among Cayuse)
1780 500 Mooney
1800 500 NAHDB calculation
1849 100 Swanton
1900 0 NAHDB calculation (Had joined Grand Ronde)
2000 0 NAHDB calculation
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