Chief Si'ahl is the first signature on the Point Elliott Treaty, signed Chief of the Duwamish and Suquamish tribes

Chief Si'ahl is the first signature on the Point Elliott Treaty, signed Chief of the Duwamish and Suquamish tribes

WE ARE STILL HERE

The Duwamish Tribe is the true successor of the Duwamish who signed the Treaty of Point Elliott. Chief Si'ahl, or Seattle, was listed as Chief of the D'wamish and Suquamish tribes, and three other Duwamish sub-chiefs signed their names to the treaty as well. Our leadership has been unbroken since treaty times.

We successfully petitioned the government for a settlement in 1925 and received a positive judgement in our favor. We were recognized by Congress as the Duwamish Tribe, receiving a settlement from the government for that case in the form of $64 dollars per tribal member in 1971.

We began our efforts to restore our recognition with the government in 1978. We received acknowledgement in 2001 by the Clinton administration, but our decision was reversed in 2002 by the Bush administration.

In 2015, we appealed our case. Our case is still pending in the Interior Board of Indian Appeals today.