Kikiallus Indian Nation
The Kikiallus Indian Nation is a non-federally recognized tribe in Skagit County, Washington, United States. They are sometimes erroneously referred to as recognized by the state government, according to the Governor's Office of Indian Affairs in 2008, however, but there is no recognition by the state for this tribe.
- Robert H. Ruby / John A. Brown: A Guide to the Indian Tribes of the Pacific Northwest, University of Oklahoma Press 1992, p 90]
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The Kikiaullus Indians are The Aboriginal Indians of Skadgit County. They resided on the banks of the Skagit River in La Conner near and Fir Island area. The chiefs daughter Mary Hichiblow born married James Abbot one of the first explorers of the day, this was before British Explorers came an claimed they had discovered the are. James Abbot a Squaw man lived with Mary Hichiblow, just below the bridge than ties the Island main land and right below the fork in the river. There was another Squaw man name unknown.
The Kikiallus spoke Salish. The River and bay were a main source of food, their diets consisted of clams, fish, berries and such. They traveled to winter and summer from the Skagit River Valley across the Cascade Mountains South as far as the Seattle Area.
The Kikiallus are recorded in the Roberts Rolls. They are referenced in the Treaty of Point Elliot. They opted out of having a reservation provided and chose to remain free and carry on their way of life. Today they still remain un federally recognized.