The treaty with the Yakama Indians through Governor Stevens in 1855 took away from the Indians 29,000 square miles of their home land. All the battles with the whites in our area thereafter involved the subtribes of the Tieton and Cowiche Indians. In the following Puget Sound War of 1855-1856 the two tribes joined the Puyallup and Nisqually Indians. The tribe of the Yakamas living in the Cowiche Valley had a regular route from Ahtanum to Cowiche to the Wenas Valley. Chief Saluskin of the Yakamas lived at Cowiche near the Andrew Jackson Splawn place. The Indians’ feeling about the land was they could not “own” what God had given people, while the white mans’ was the opposite and there began the sticky place between them.

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