Native Americans

Can we have some money please?



Photo Credit: J. A. Juleen(1)



The spuyaləpabš tribe which means, “Generous and welcoming behavior to all people (friends and strangers) who enter our lands” is currently the Puyallup tribe. Which in my opinion is great they changed their name because it didn’t work for Native American’s who welcomed strangers.

The Puyallup tribe’s subsistence strategies: agriculture, hunting and gathering; salmon, shellfish, wild game, roots, berries, cedar tree. The cedar tree, an extremely valuable resource allowed the tribe the limber for means of transportation, shelter, and clothing. After signing the Treaty of Medicine Creek, the Puyallup tribe were forcibly relocated onto reservation lands in late 1854 of what is now known as Tacoma, Milton, Puyallup and Fife. The tribe currently has seven parts of community adding Edgewood, Waller and Federal Way. And surprisingly the city of Puyallup is actually the top community in which the populations for the tribes are decreasing.

Issues the Puyallup tribe faces is part of an agreement with Fife. For more than a decade the Puyallup tribe has been giving the city of Fife $850,000. The agreement is that the tribal committee is in charge of allocating each government’s share of 2% of the tribe’s gaming revenues. These allocations would help pay the municipal costs created by the tax-exempt tribal properties. However, this year the committee became stricter and unless Fife specially enumerated the costs from the casinos, they would provide no contribution. On top of the agreement, Fife has requested that the Puyallup tribe fund part of a project to improve Pacific Highway East of $1.926 million.

The Puyallup tribe is interesting to research about since it’s a local tribe and being aware of local issues is one step of being informed of the world surrounding.  Especially when a government city wants to ask a tribe for funding instead of its own government or federal resources.



Photo Credit: Michael Schramm/US Fish and Wildlife Service(2)


Photo Credit: Michael Schramm/US Fish and Wildlife Service (3)










  1. A. Juleen (Photographer). (1915, April 5). The 60th anniversary of Treaty Day celebrated Jan 22, 1914 at Tulalip, Wash. Tribes represented: Snohomish, Swinnomish, Snoqulmie, Su-Quamish, Skagit, Lummi, Yakima, Puyallup, Skykomish [digital image]. Retrieved from
  2. Michael Schramm/US Fish and Wildlife Service (Photographer). (2016, July 19). Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Renaming Ceremony [digital image]. Retrieved from
  3.  Michael Schramm/US Fish and Wildlife Service (Photographer). (2016, August 15). USFWS Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually NWR Medicine Creek Treaty Ceremony [digital image]. Retrieved from




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