Washington State University acknowledges that its locations statewide are on the homelands of Native peoples who have lived in this region from time immemorial. Currently, there are 42 tribes in Washington, 35 of which are federally recognized, that share traditional homelands and waterways in what is now Washington State.
Here on the Olympic Peninsula, Tribes include the Lower Elwha, the Jamestown S’Klallam, the Port Gamble S’Klallam, the Skokomish, the Quinault, the Hoh, the Quileute and the Makah.
The University expresses its deepest respect for, and gratitude towards these original and current caretakers of the region. As an academic community, we acknowledge our responsibility to establish and maintain relationships with these tribes and Native peoples, in support of tribal sovereignty and the inclusion of their voices in teaching, research and programming.
As a land grant institution, we also recognize that the Morrill Act of 1862 established land-grant institutions by providing each state with “public” and federal lands, which are traced back to Indigenous peoples. In 1890, Washington State received 90,081 acres of Indigenous lands designated to establish Washington State University. Washington State University retains the majority of these lands to this day. We acknowledge that Indigenous lands were often taken by coercive and violent acts, and the disregard of treaties. For that, we extend our deepest apologies. We owe our deepest gratitude to the Native peoples of this region and maintain our commitment towards reconciliation.