Chief Si’ahl Signs Treaty of Point Elliott
On January 22, 1855, Chief Si’ahl of the Duwamish, along with other chiefs and delegates of tribes, bands, and villages in the Puget Sound region, and Isaac Stevens (1818-1862), Governor of Washington Territory, signed the Point Elliott Treaty. Through the Point Elliott Treaty, the region’s Native peoples ceded lands they had lived on for thousands of years. The United States Senate ratified the Treaty in 1859. Both the 1861 and the present campus were built on these lands. Today the UW is honoring the original Native occupants of these lands with the construction of an Intellectual House, a longhouse-style facility.
For more information: http://www.duwamishtribe.org/elliottreaty.html
See also: Coll Thrush, Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place, University of Washington Press, 2008.