Puyallup Tribe

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Homeland: Southern Puget Sound, Washington

Tribal Headquarters[edit | edit source]

The headquarters for the Puyallup Tribe is on the Puyallup Reservation in Washington.

Puyallup Tribe
3009 E. Portland Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98404
Ph. 1-253-573-7800

History[edit | edit source]

Brief Timeline[edit | edit source]

1792: George Vancouver a British explorer encounters the tribe.

1827: Fort Langley established by the Hudson Bay Company

1839: Catholic missionaries, arrive in the area

1854: Treaty of Medicine Creek - established the Puyallup Reservation

1855-1856: Yakima War

1887: Lands were allotted

1900: Puyallup Reservation land lost to railroad companies

1934: Tribe reorganized with a constitution

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 Puyallup 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 America.

A brief history of the Puyallup Tribe is available online.

Reservations[edit | edit source]

Puyallup Reservation

Agencies[edit | edit source]

Tulalip Agency

Puyallup Agency

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:

Agency Records[edit | edit source]

Correspondence and Census[edit | edit source]

Tribe Agency Location of Original Records

Pre-1880 Correspondence

M234 RG 75 Rolls 962

Roll Number




Post-1885 Census

M595 RG 75 Rolls 693

Roll Number




Puyallup Tulalip Agency, 1854-1952 Seattle - - Rolls 302, 407-09 FHL Films: 583041-583052
Puyallup Puyallup Agency, 1855-1920 Seattle - - Rolls 407-09 FHL Films: 581401-581403

Treaty[edit | edit source]

  • 1854 December 26, Medicine Creek, Territory of Washington, with the Nisqualli, cessions, removal, annuities

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

  • Tulalip Agency, M595,

Births and deaths 1924-1931, FHL|Film: 583049
Births and deaths 1932-1933, FHL|Film: 583050

Important Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Bibliography[edit | edit source]