In June 2016, the community of about 100 people officially changed its name from Trout Lake to Sambaa K’e. The Sambaa K’e area had been used for fishing, trapping and hunting for centuries. In the late 1960s a school and other community services were established. The community is accessible year round by charter flight or by the 126km ice road during the winter.
Students from Junior Kindergarten through Grade 9 attend Charles Tetcho School.