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Washington State University acknowledges that its locations statewide are on the homelands of Native peoples, who have lived in this region from time immemorial. Currently, there are 43 tribes, 36 of which are federally recognized, that share traditional homelands and waterways in what is now Washington state. Some of these are confederacies that represent multiple tribes and bands. The University expresses its deepest respect for and gratitude to these original caretakers of the region. As an academic community, we acknowledge our responsibility to establish and maintain relationships with these tribes and Native peoples, in support of tribal sovereignty and the inclusion of their voices in teaching, research, and programming. We also pledge that these relationships will consist of mutual trust, respect, and reciprocity.

Tribes and nations whose homelands are in Washington state

All tribes are federally recognized, except for those marked with an asterisk * are non-federally recognized. Some of the non-federally recognized tribes are in the process of being recognized.

Chinook Indian Tribe*
Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation
Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation
Cowlitz Indian Tribe
Duwamish Tribe *
Hoh Indian Tribe
Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
Kalispel Tribe of Indians
Kikiallus Indian Nation*
Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe
Lummi Nation
Makah Tribe
Marietta Band of Nooksack Tribe*
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
Nisqually Indian Tribe
Nooksack Indian Tribe
Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe
Puyallup Tribe of Indians
Quileute Tribe
Quinault Indian Nation
Samish Indian Nation
Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe
Shoalwater Bay Tribe
Skokomish Indian Tribe
Snohomish Tribe*
Snoqualmie Tribe
Snoqualmoo Nation*
Spokane Tribe of Indians
Squaxin Island Tribe
Steilacoom Tribe*
Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians
Suquamish Tribe
Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
Tulalip Tribes
Upper Skagit Tribe

Coeur d’Alene Tribe
Kootenai Tribes of Idaho
Nez Perce Tribe

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

Confederated Tribes of Umatilla
Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation


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