After decades of attempting to get recognition as a legitimate native American tribe, the Duwamish were denied, in what was called a "final" decision by the Dept. of the Interior on July 2. The tribe plans a formal press conference on Wednesday to address the issue but today released a statement in response to the decision. The press event will be at 10:00 a.m.
at the Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center, 4705 W Marginal Way SW.
Duwamish Tribe response:
"Chief Seattle’s Duwamish Tribe has never abandoned its tribal relations. We are the Duwamish Tribe that signed the Point Elliot Treaty. We will continue to fight on.
There is ample precedence for the federal recognition of Point Elliot Treaty historic tribes in addition to the reservations--the historic Upper Skagit, Sauk-Suiattle, Stillaguamish, Samish and Snoqualmie Tribes have all been acknowledged since the 1970’s.More ›