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Duwamish Fight for Federal Tribal Recognition
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The tribe is suing the federal government for recognition--asking to reverse a
2001 Bureau of Indian Affairs decision that the tribe had gone extinct. The Duwamish Tribe was recognized at the end
"If everybody in Seattle would give us one dollar, we could raise the money for our legal defense" Cecile Hansen, Chairwoman of the Duwamish Tribe
The Duwamish Tribe
In 1983, after more than 100 years of broken United States treaty promises, the Dkhw’Duw’Absh established Duwamish Tribal Services as a non-profit 501[C]3 organization to provide social and cultural services to the Duwamish Tribal community.
In the absence of federal recognition, funding, and human services, Duwamish Tribal Services has struggled to provide numerous social, educational, health, and cultural programs during the past 25 years. The Duwamish Tribe currently has around 600 enrolled members. Many more people have Dkhw’Duw’Absh ancestry but have chosen to enroll with federally recognized Tribes, in order to obtain health and other human services.
For nearly 30 years, Cecile Hansen has been the elected chair of the Duwamish Tribe. Cecile Hansen is the great great grandniece of Chief Si’ahl'. Cecile Hansen is also a founder and the current president of Duwamish Tribal Services.
In 2004, Duwamish Tribal Services created Duwamish Management Corporation as a For Profit business owned by the Dkhw’Duw’Absh. Its purpose is to create businesses whose profits will fund activities and programs that strengthen the economic well-being of the Dkhw’Duw’Absh community and our cultural way of life. Our goal is subsistence, our natural human right to feed our families and to care for ourselves, our community, and our ancestral homeland, both physically and spiritually, using the resources of our people, the land, and the sea.
We have created programs that help our culture to survive. Our cultural heritage group T’ilibshudub (“Singing Feet”) teaches traditional oratory, dancing, singing and ceremonial practices to our community, other First Peoples, and the public. We have observed that T’ilibshudub helps Dkhw’Duw’Absh children to better succeed in school, helps preserve of Lushootseed language, dances, and songs, and helps support our Native artisans and our elders, who are our Tradition Keepers.
Seattle's First People, the Dkhw’Duw’Absh, welcomes support from all sources, public and private. Contributions to Duwamish Tribal Services, a 501(c)(3) organization registered with the State of Washington and the IRS, are tax-deductible.
To support the Duwamish Tribe and the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center, contact the Honorable Cecile Hansen at Duwamish Tribal Services, 4705 West Marginal Way SW, Seattle, 98106, or call (206) 431-1582 or email us at email@example.com.
From article entitled "Dkhw'Duw'Absh, "People of the Inside"