About the Tribe

Our History

The Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation was created by Executive Presidential order on September 22, 1866. A 355 acre piece of land was set aside by the order for “Miscellaneous Indian purposes”. The reservation was set aside with the intent that these last holdouts would have their own reserved lands for fishing, shellfish harvesting, and hunting. Today, the descendants of these people make up the enrolled members of the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe.

Hiyu maśi

Hiyu maśi means “many thanks” in our native language and is pronounced “hi-yu mah-see.”