Suquamish Real Estate Information

The Port Madison Indian Reservation is located in northeast Kitsap County, Washington, on Puget Sound and is home to the federally recognized Suquamish Tribe, a sovereign nation. The Port Madison Indian Reservation is in the heart of a recreation and rural residential area. It is one of the few reservations in the country with two geographic sections separated by a landmass. The Indianola Village anchors the northeastern part of the Reservation; the more developed Suquamish Village anchors the southwestern portion. The reservation was set aside as part of the Point Elliott Treaty. January 22, 1855, and enlarged by Executive Order of October 21, 1864.

The Reservation consists of 8, 012 acres that contain both tribally owned and individually allotted lands. The tribe owns 280 acres and slightly more than one-forth mile of waterfront on Puget Sound. Thirty-six acres of this have been leased on a long-term basis for development as a residential area.

The original inhabitants of the Reservation were primarily of the Suquamish Tribe and a few from other tribes represented in the Point Elliott Treaty. The Tribe occupied lands and waters north into Canada, on the islands of Whidbey, Blake and Bainbridge, and the entire area of what is now Kitsap County. The fishing places of the Suquamish Tribe include the marine waters of Puget Sound from the northern tip of Vashon island to the Fraser River in Canada, Haro and Roario Straits, the streams draining into the Western side of this portion of Puget Sound and Hood Canal.

Chief Sealth (a.k.a. Chief Seattle) was a hereditary chief of the Suquamish Tribe, who was born around 1786 and passed away in June 7, 1866. He is buried in the Tribal cemetery at Suquamish. Chief Sealth is remembered as being friendly toward early EuroAmerican settlers. The Tribe has an annual summer event honoring Chief Sealth, "Chief Seattle Days." The speech Chief Sealth recited during treaty negotiations in 1854 is regarded as one of the greatest statements ever made concerning the relationship between a people and the earth: "the Earth does not belong to man. Man belongs to the earth... The Earth is our Mother. Whatever happens to the earth happens to the sons of earth." The Suquamish Tribe were and are good stewards, managing, honoring and enhancing the resources, guarding habitat and wildlife.

The Tribe’s main resources are geared to commercial fishing, the shellfish industry and leasing of home sites. The Tribal Forestry Program enhances and protects allotted land of 2,204 acres. In addition, the Tribe operates several retail stores and a newly constructed bingo/casino. The Tribe has a uniquely designed fish hatchery in that the ponds are fed by an artesian well. The specifically designed experimental water system for the hatchery was featured in national architectural magazines after construction. The Tribe releases in excess of 5 million fish per year into the Puget Sound system. The Grover Creek Hatchery is visible from Miller Bay Rd, the main connecting road of the two areas of the Reservation. Visitors are intrigued with the site and are becoming an acknowledged attraction. The extensive cultural program of the Suquamish Museum has been displayed in Paris, France as well as major U.S. cities. The Suquamish Museum attracts over ten thousand visitors each year.

The culture of the Suquamish Tribe centered on their respect for an abundant environment. Salmon and cedar were especially revered as were the eagle and heron. Respect for the land and waters, the natural resources and deep understanding of the delicate supportive relationships of the natural systems were and are today, central themes in all Northwest Indian cultures.