BENEFITING: DUWAMISH TRIBAL SERVICES
“We sacrificed our land to make the City of Seattle a beautiful reality. We are still waiting for our justice.” - Cecile Hansen, Chairwoman of Duwamish Tribe
The city of Seattle was named after Chief Si’ahl, leader of the Duwamish Dkhw’Duw’Absh Tribe, who were coerced into signing the Treaty of Point Elliot in 1855 which lead to white settlers taking over what is known today as King County. The Treaty promised a reservation, fishing rights, healthcare, and other resources in exchange for land in the Seattle area, but the Treaty has never been honored. Since 1775, when the first Europeans came to the Seattle region the Duwamish Tribe has been under threat of extermination. In order for the Duwamish to access governmental resources that are owed to them, they must obtain federal recognition from the US government. In 2001, the tribe was finally granted federal recognition only to have the positive determination overturned days later.
The Duwamish tribe has continued to boldly struggle for federal recognition despite the layers of dehumanizing bureaucratic processes required of them. On July 2, 2015, the Bureau of Indian Affairs ruled that the tribe does not qualify for federal recognition, even after they provided 35,000 pages of thorough documentation supporting their continued existence and governance. The Duwamish are determined to pressure the government to honor the treaty and to the rightful acknowledgement of their Indigenous Sovereignty.
The fundraising goal is $10,000, which will go directly to the costs of suing the government, operating Duwamish Tribal Services, advocacy work for the tribes’ federal recognition and used for research, travel, and supplies.
As Chairperson Cecile Hanson of the Duwamish declared, “It is time for [the people of Seattle] to rise up with the Duwamish tribe” - to be in solidarity with them and recognize them as the First People of the Seattle area. Donating to this campaign will be a much appreciated contribution to the legal battle for federal recognition and is an important way to voice your support for racial justice and indigenous sovereignty!
For more information:
Duwamish Tribe denied federal recognition, Seattle Times, July 3, 2015
BIA July 2, 2015 letter to Cecile Hansen
July 2, 2015 Summary Judgement Against the Duwamish Tribal Organization
2/22/2013 Motion to Remand Duwamish Petition for Reconsideration
Duwamish Tribal Recognition Act, H. R. 2176This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on April 30, 2015, I114th CONGRESS, 1st Session
Written Testimony of Michael Anderson….July 15, 2009
http://www.westseattleherald.com/sites/robinsonpapers.com/files/Testimony of M Anderson for 'Legislative Hearing on H R 2678' copy.pdf