Chief Moses, c. 1888.
Photo courtesy of Dr. Robert H. Ruby
The town of Moses
Lake, like the lake that borders it, is named after
Chief Moses, leader of the Columbia-Sinkiuse in the
late nineteenth century.
speaking Sinkiuse lived on the east side of the
Columbia River from the Grand Coulee south to
close to 10,000, the Sinkiuse, like many other
indigenous groups, were devastated by
swept the Northwest coast and plateau after 1780.