Treaty Day 2022

Treaty Day 2022
Posted on 01/25/2022
Treaty Day 2022

On Wednesday, January 26, 2022, the Port Angeles School District acknowledges and honors Treaty Day across our school community. In 1855, the United States of America entered a solemn agreement, known as the Point No Point Treaty, with the Klallam, Chimakum, and the Skokomish tribes. Isaac Stevens, Governor of Washington Territory, presented the tribal leaders from these independent sovereign nations with this treaty on the northern tip of the Kitsap Peninsula, now known as SkokomishIn agreeing to this treaty, these tribes ceded ownership of their land, more than 750,000 acres combined, in exchange for a small reservation in Skokomish and hunting and fishing rights. The Klallam people alone relinquished over 400,000 acres. Most, however, remained on the Olympic Peninsula or traveled via canoe, across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Beacher Bay in Canada, refusing to relocate 100 miles away from their homes to the Skokomish reservation.

As Port Angeles educators, we are committed to providing students and our community with accurate history and information about the Elwha Klallam people. This is why we honor Treaty Day. This day is an integral part of history for all who live in this region. All of us, and those who came before, who live in this region, have benefited from the resources and land that native ancestors have held since time immemorial. As Washington residents, we are all treaty people. If it weren’t for treaties between the United States and the 29 sovereign nations within the Washington territories, we would not have become the state we are today.

On January 26, please join us in observing Treaty Day by learning more about this significant historical event.

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Photo 1: 1854-1855 Signed Treaties

Point no Point Treaty

Photo 2: When the treaty was signed, the US Government mapped the Klallam’s usual and accustomed fishing, hunting, and gathering area.

Salmon Fishing

Photo 3: Vera Charles, Lower Elwha Klallam member holding a freshly caught salmon at Lower Elwha Beach.