Port Madison Indian Reservation

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Coordinates: 47°43′57″N 122°33′18″W / 47.732396°N 122.554893°W / 47.732396; -122.554893

Chief Seattle’s gravesite on the Port Madison Indian Reservation in Suquamish, Washington

The Port Madison Indian Reservation is an Indian reservation belonging to the Suquamish Indian Tribe, a federally recognized tribe of Suquamish people.


The reservation is located in northern Kitsap County, Washington, and occupies 30.273 km² (11.689 sq mi) on the western and northern shores of Port Madison. The reservation is divided into two separate parcels by Miller Bay. The unincorporated towns of Suquamish and Indianola both lie within the bounds of the reservation. A resident population of 6,536 persons was counted in the 2000 census.


The reservation was authorized by the Point Elliott Treaty of January 22, 1855, for the Suquamish people, and was established by an executive order issued October 21, 1864.[1] Members of the Duwamish and Sammamish tribes also moved to the reservation. When the land was reserved by the Point Elliott Treaty, all land was held by tribal members and designated for their sole use. However, a series of procedures designed to accommodate non-Indian expansion and land acquisition have created a situation today where the reservation is widely interspersed with non-tribal ownership.

Chief Seattle's grave is located on the reservation within the town of Suquamish.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Majors, Harry M. (1975). Exploring Washington. Van Winkle Publishing Co. p. 82. ISBN 978-0-918664-00-6. 


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