Federal Recognition for the Duwamish Tribe
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Chief Si’ahl (Seattle) of the Duwamish and Suquamish Tribe of Indians was the lead signatory of the Treaty of Point Elliott in 1855. Located in the largest city in Washington State, the Duwamish Tribe maintains its efforts to hold the United States Government accountable for the promises it made in that Treaty to this day.
THE BATTLE BEGINS
Settlers forced the removal of the Duwamish Tribe from present-day Seattle. Despite repeated setbacks, Duwamish Tribal members have persevered and maintained community ties.
DUWAMISH TRIBE RESPONDS
The Duwamish Tribe's leaders have fought long and hard for the Tribe’s rights in multiple forums. Due to tribal leadership’s relentless push for justice, in 2001 the Bureau of Indian Affairs under the Clinton Administration found sufficient evidence to re-recognize the Duwamish Tribe, only to have it reversed by the Interior Department under the Bush Administration.
For many decades, Chief Seattle’s Tribe has been working to clarify their federal status with the government based upon the fact that it is a Treaty Tribe and that has never been invalidated. All the while, the Duwamish have also contributed to the environmental health and welfare of the citizens of Seattle and Puget Sound with an emphasis on marginalized populations.
*See below Duwamish Tribe Fact Sheet link for more information.
CLARITY ON FEDERAL RECOGNITION
Federal recognition does not create tribes, but rather recognizes social-political entities that pre-date the United States. The Federal Government’s failure to re-recognize the Duwamish perpetuates unfair policies directed towards the Duwamish Tribe of Indians since the 1850’s. A federally recognized tribe is an American Indian or an Alaskan Native tribal entity that is recognized as having a government-to-government relationship with the United States with the responsibilities, powers, and obligations attached to that designation and is eligible for funding and services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Furthermore, federally recognized tribes are recognized as possessing certain inherent rights of self-government and tribal sovereignty and are entitled to certain federal benefits, services and protections, because of their special relationship with the United States.
IT'S TIME TO TAKE ACTION
Despite all odds, the Duwamish People have continue to reside in their traditional territory since 1855, and the Tribe remains headquartered in Seattle, WA. The Duwamish People have done their part for 10,000 years - please do yours. With your support, federal re-recognition of the Duwamish Tribe can be reinstated legislatively, administratively, or judicially in 2021.
END THE LAST 165+ YEARS OF INJUSTICE.
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