The Puget Sound Treaty Wars (1855-1856) was an armed conflict between soldiers of the regular U.S. Army, Washington Territorial volunteers and warriors from 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.
· Annette Bullchild, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Nisqually Tribe
· Brandon Reynon, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Puyallup Tribe
· Jerry Eckrom, Historian, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum
· Margaret Henry, Oral Historian, Squaxin Island Tribe
· Warren KingGeorge, Historian, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe