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Pacific Northwest History: Native Americans

Books and resources about Pacific Northwest history, including Washington state, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska

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Native Americans in the PNWSuquamish woman called Princess Angeline, Seattle, Washington, 1890.


Suquamish woman called Princess Angeline, Seattle, Washington, 1890.

"Kick-is-on-lo Cud was the eldest daughter of Chief Seattle. By the time this photo was taken, in the 1890s, her Suquamish and Duwamish people had been exiled to the Port Madison Reservation. White settlers renamed her Princess Angeline or Queen Angeline." 

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Tacoma Community College Land Acknowledgment

Land acknowledgment (approved by the Office of EDI)

We are so fortunate that TCC is located on the ancestral territory of First Nations peoples. The Puyallup tribe, a member of the Coast Salish tribal peoples have called this area home since time immemorial. In 1854, the Medicine Creek Treaty forcibly removed them from their lands and onto the Puyallup reservation.

The state of Washington has the 7th largest Native American population in the U.S. with 29 federally recognized tribes represented, as well as several unrecognized tribes. We recognize that the privilege of our campus being on the land on which we now stand comes at great cost to the Coast Salish peoples.

We gather here knowing that our presence is part of an ongoing invasion and that these lands were and continue to be forcibly and unlawfully taken from their original indigenous inhabitants. We acknowledge that these injustices are true here and also for indigenous communities around the globe, like the First Peoples of Mauna Kea, Papua and New Zealand, just to name a few.

Posted on the TCC Website linked below:

Native Americans in the PNW

Organizations & government Agencies

The links below are just some of the local, larger organizations aimed at educating the public and supporting Native Americans in the PNW.

Special Collections & Archives

These websites below go to larger collections of resources where you can search for relevant materials, largely first-hand accounts, and other similar primary sources.

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Native Americans in the PNW

Local tribal websites

Tribal websites are a great places to get information on specific tribes and their history in the area. 

Finding state and national tribes

Looking for information on tribes in other areas of the Pacific Northwest? Try using the National Tribal Directory below or looking for specific tribes on the state maps. 

Looking for Tribal info for  Oregon, Idaho, Alaska?

Simply out of familiarity and access, a lot of the content in this guide is focused locally, at Pierce and King counties and Washington State. However, there is a wealth of information for the other states in the PNW, and the content in this guide is always being updated. There are likely books and other resources in the library's collection as well as in this guide; however, do consider some of these library guides created by libraries in the other states. 

Native Americans in the PNW

Popular source articles

Linked below are articles from the web, as well as housed in the library's collections.

Scholarly articles


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Native Americans in the PNW

Background articles

Linked below are some overview articles from both websites - like HistoryLink, as well as the library's digital collections, many from Gale eBooks.

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Native Americans in the PNW

Featured videos

Source: We are Puyallup: A Brief History of the Puyallup Tribe uploaded by Puyallup Tribe of Indians, 2016, Standard YouTube License.

Native Americans in the PNW

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Sources used on this page:

Bailey, E. J. (1890). Suquamish woman called Princess Angeline, Seattle, Washington, 1890. [Photograph]. Digital Collections University of Washington.

Wikimedia Commons (Ed.). (n.d.). [Description]. Retrieved November 30, 2022, from File:Angeline,_daughter_of_Chief_Seattle,_ca_1893_(LAROCHE_3).jpeg

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Looking for articles from newspapers, magazines, and journals?

Remember to click on the Articles in the TCC Databases tab located in this guide to see a list of suggested databases. There you can find articles about the history of the Pacific Northwest. And be sure to check the other tabs in this guide, such as the People Groups & Immigration or Trade, Industry & Transportation for more Tacoma/Pierce County-related articles on a variety of topics.

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