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Various Spellings: Makah, Maha

Ancestral Homeland: Cape Flattery, now northwestern Washington.


Tribal Headquarters[edit | edit source]

Makah Tribal Council
PO Box 115
Neah Bay, Wa 98357
Ph. 1-360-645-2201
email -

Makah Cultural and Research Center
P.O. Box 160
Neah Bay, WA 98357
Ph. 1-360-645-2711
Fax: 1-360-645-2656
email -

History[edit | edit source]

Brief Timeline[edit | edit source]

  • 1788: John Meares anchored near cost of Tatoosh Island
  • 1790: Spanish establish a fort at Neah Bay
  • 1800s: Epidemics killed many
  • 1815
  • 1825
  • 1855 Treay of Neah Bay ceded land to United States
  • 1863: Boarding school established at Neah Bay

Additional References to the History of the Tribe[edit | edit source]

Frederick Webb Hodge, in his Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico, gave a more complete history of the Makah tribe, with estimations of the population of the tribe at various time periods. Additional details are given in John Swanton's The Indian Tribes of North.

Reservations[edit | edit source]

This tribe is primarily associated with the Makah Reservation in Washington.

Agencies[edit | edit source]

Makah Agency

Neah Bay Agency - Tahola

Records[edit | edit source]

The majority of records of individuals were those created by the agencies. Some records may be available to tribal members through the tribal headquarters.They were (and are) the local office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and were charged with maintaining records of the activities of those under their responsibility. Among these records are:

Correspondence and Census[edit | edit source]

Tribe Agency

Location of


Pre-1880 Correspondence

M 234 RG 75 Rolls

Roll Number




Post-1885 Census

M 595 RG 75 Rolls

Roll Number




Makah Neah Bay (Tahola) Agency, 1878-1952 Seattle - - 282-86 FHL Films 579693-696 and FHL Films 583023-028

School Records[edit | edit source]

Neah Bay School

Treaties[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

  • Neah Bay Agency, M595,
    • Births and deaths 1925-1932, FHL Film 579696

Important Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Bibliography[edit | edit source]