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Indian & Tribal Law

Resources for researching federal Indian law and Native American tribal law.

Introduction

black & white map of Washington State showing locations of reservations

Map: Federally Recognized Tribes of Washington State, from Governor's Office of Indian Affairs.

See also GOIA's map, Washington State Tribal Reservations and Draft Treaty Ceded Areas. Another map is available from www.washingtontribes.org, a site sponsored by the Washington Indian Gaming Association.

 

The list below includes sources of tribal codes and constitutions of Washington tribes. It also links to maps and tribal websites.

Note: The list has more than one link for many tribes. Pay attention to dates and sources.

Many of the constitutions and corporate charters from the 1930s are duplicated in HeinOnline and the Library of Congress. HeinOnline is a commercial database licensed for UW users. The Library of Congress site is free. Researchers may find that HeinOnline offers some advantages for searching, so both sources are listed.

Chehalis (Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation)

Chehalis Reservation (Google Maps)

Colville (Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation)

Colville Reservation (Google Maps)

Cowlitz Indian Tribe

Hoh Indian Tribe

Hoh Reservation (Google Maps)

Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe

Jamestown S'Klallam The tribe does not have a traditional reservation but is based on land it purchased in 1874. See Jamestown S'Klallam History.

Kalispel Tribe

Kalispel Reservation (Google Maps)

"The Kalispel Reservation was established by the President of the United States on March 23, 1914. The original Reservation was approximately 7 square miles in size and located in Pend Oreille County on the east bank of the Pend Oreille River and close to the towns of Usk and Cusick. Since that time almost four square miles of Tribal Trust land has been added to the Reservation, including a half square mile in the City of Airway Heights, where the Tribe has constructed a resort hotel and casino, a gas station and convenience store, and other economic opportunities. The Tribe holds five and a half additional square miles of property throughout northeast Washington and northern Idaho, almost entirely for the preservation of forests and other natural resources, with a small amount held for limited economic development." Our Story.

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

Lower Elwha Klallam Reservation. For some reason, the link doesn't go right to the reservation: scroll to the right (East) to see it.

Lummi Nation

Lummi Nation Reservation

Nisqually Indian Tribe

Nooksack Indian Tribe

Nooksack Reservation (Google Maps)

Puyallup Tribe of Indians

Puyallup Reservation (Google Maps)

Quinault Indian Nation

Quinault Indian Nation Reservation (Google Maps)

Samish Indian Nation

Samish Indian Nation (Google Maps)

Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe

Sauk-Suiattle Reservation (Google Maps)

Shoalwater Bay Tribe

Shoalwater Bay Reservation (Google Maps)

Snoqualmie Tribe

Snoqualmie Reservation (Google Maps)

Squaxin Island Tribe

Squaxin Island Reservation (Google Maps)

Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians

Suquamish Tribe

Port Madison Resrvation (Suquamish Tribe) (Google Maps)

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

Tulalip Tribes

Upper Skagit Tribe

Upper Skagit Reservation (Google Maps)

Yakama Nation (Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation)