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    Meet Our Partner Tribes (under the Treaty of Point Elliott)

    Muckleshoot TribeSuquamish Tribe


    Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

    The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe is a federally recognized Indian tribe whose membership is composed of descendants of the Duwamish and Upper Puyallup people who inhabited Central Puget Sound for thousands of years before non-Indian settlement. The Tribe’s name is derived from the native name for the prairie on which the Muckleshoot Reservation was established.
    Following the Reservation’s establishment in 1857, the Tribe and its members came to be known as Muckleshoot, rather than by the historic tribal names of their Duwamish and Upper Puyallup ancestors. Today, the United States recognizes the Muckleshoot Tribe as a tribal successor to the Duwamish and Upper Puyallup bands from which the Tribe’s membership descends.


    The Suquamish Tribe

    The Suquamish are one of more than twenty tribal groups that were parties to the Treaty of Point Elliott, signed near Mukilteo, on north Puget Sound, on January 22, 1855.

    The Port Madison Indian Reservation reserved in the Treaty of Point Elliott and was intended primarily for the use of Suquamish and Duwamish peoples. Most of the Suquamish agreed to move to the reservation, which was located within their own territory.

    While some Duwamish people moved to the Port Madison Reservation, many others declined to relocate and asked that a separate reservation be set aside in their own homeland, located where the Black and Cedar rivers joined, near the present city of Seattle. The Muckleshoot Reservation was enlarged in hopes that the Duwamish would move to that area, and many did so...