The Puget Sound Treaty Wars (1855-1856) was an armed conflict between soldiers of the regular U.S. Army, Washington Territorial volunteers and tribes involved in the Medicine Creek Treaty. The contested terms of the treaty, negotiated by Governor Isaac Stevens, sought the relocation of local tribes to reservations in exchange for cash payments and the preservation of hunting and fishing rights. The treaty became a catalyst for the conflict.
The Treaty Wars remain central to Puget Sound history and our understanding of its communities. Join Fort Nisqually Living History Museum and representatives from the Nisqually, Puyallup, Squaxin Island and Muckleshoot Tribes for a panel discussion on the legacy of these events.
Brandon Reynon, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Puyallup Tribe
Jerry Eckrom, Historian, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum
Margaret Henry, Oral Historian, Squaxin Island Tribe
Nettsie Bullchild, Nisqually Tribe Archives/Tribal Historic Preservation Office Director, Nisqually Tribe
Warren KingGeorge, Historian, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe