Chief Seattle ( c. 1786 – June 7, 1866) was a Suquamish and Duwamish chief. A leading figure among his people, he pursued a path of accommodation to white settlers, forming a personal relationship with “Doc” Maynard.
Chief Si’ahl. The name “Seattle” is an Anglicization of Si’ahl (1780-1866), the most famous dxʷdəwʔabš chief. Si’ahl’s mother Sholeetsa was dxʷdəwʔabš and his father Shweabe was chief of the the Suquamish Tribe.
Born sometime around 1790, Seattle (Seathl) was a chief of the Duwamish and Suquamish tribes who lived around the Pacific Coast bay that is today called Puget Sound. He was the son of a Suquamish father and a Duwamish mother, a lineage that allowed him to gain influence in both tribes.
Today, some Duwamish people are enrolled in the federally recognized Tulalip Tribes of Washington as well as the Muckleshoot Tribe.
We are the host tribe for Seattle, our area’s only indigenous tribe. Many of our enrolled members still live on Duwamish aboriginal territory, which includes Seattle, Burien, Tukwila, Renton, and Redmond. Our tribe is governed by a 1925 constitution and its bylaws.
Seattle, also spelled Sealth, (born c. 1790, Oregon region [now Seattle, Wash., U.S.]—died June 7, 1866, Port Madison Reservation, Wash.), chief of the Duwamish, Suquamish, and other Puget Sound tribes who befriended white settlers of the region.
Red Indian is an offensive term for a native North American. In North America, the term is now considered a racial slur.
The name of Seattle actually comes from Chief Si’ahl (pronounced “See-ahlth) which makes Seattle the only major city named after a Native chief. Chief Si’ahl was the leader of both the Suquamish and Duwamish people; it was the Duwamish lands that currently make up metropolitan Seattle.
Cochise, (died June 8, 1874, Chiricahua Apache Reservation, Arizona Territory, U.S.), Chiricahua Apache chief who led the Indians’ resistance to the white man’s incursions into the U.S. Southwest in the 1860s; the southeasternmost county of Arizona bears his name.
In Washington state, where 23 tribes already operate 32 casinos, the Duwamish are all but locked out of a system that allows either Congress or the Bureau of Indian Affairs to pick the winners and losers and who will get the big-money casinos.
Mean population decline 1774–1874 was about 66%. The name “Seattle” for the city (c. 1853) is an Anglicization of si’áb Si’ahl, the Duwamish and Suquamish chief (si’áb, high status man).
The Language – tʷəlšucid ( Lushootseed) Lushootseed is the ancestral language of the Duwamish. It is spoken throughout the Puget Sound region and is one of several languages of the Salish family.
Land Acknowledgement Resources “We at Seattle Mennonite church acknowledge that we are on the unceded ancestral lands of the Duwamish people. A people that are still here, continuing to honor and bring to light their ancient heritage.” Exterior wall of Seattle Mennonite Church in North Seattle.
Among the criteria necessary for federal recognition, the Duwamish did not exist as an “Indian entity” during certain periods in their history and there was a “lack of evidence concerning the continuous existence of a ‘distinct American-Indian community’ and ‘tribal political influence or authority,’ ” according to the
The United States formally recognizes nearly 600 Native American tribes and bands, but the Duwamish is not among them. It’s one more item in a long catalog of injustices and inconsistencies.