Today, thousands of Native Americans live along the Northwest Coast. Some live on reservations or reserves. Others live in cities and towns.
If people in the same region speak related languages, they are called a nation. These nations are governed by chiefs and elders. Nations work to raise awareness of their traditions, languages, beliefs, and ceremonies. Several have their own schools. Their languages and way of life were nearly destroyed. But the people of the Northwest Coast have survived. Now they are focused on doing better. In recent years, their population has increased. But not many people speak the native languages.