Chief Seattle’s Other Speeches
Below is the text of another speech that Chief Seattle gave, this one documented by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Territorial Governor Isaac Stevens arrived at Point Elliott, near Seattle, on January 21, 1855, to discuss a treaty with the Duwamish, Snoqualmie, and Skagit Indian tribes. Many books claim that Dr. Smith’s famous “Chief Seattle” speech was given at this Point Elliott treaty council. Although Smith’s 1887 newspaper article does not specify a date for this speech, Smith does talk abut Chief Seattle’s reaction to a proposed agreement involving a reservation for the Duwamish tribe, which was the main topic of discussion at this treaty council.
Record of Proceedings at the Point Elliott Treaty
In the National Archives, Bureau of Indian Affairs section
I look upon you as my father, I and the rest regard you as such. All of the Indians have the same good feeling toward you and will send it on paper to the Great Father. All of the men, old men, women and children rejoice that he has sent you to take care of them. My mind is like yours, I don't want to say more. My heart is very good towards Dr. Maynard [one of the founders of the city of Seattle]. I want always to get medicine from him.
Now by this we make friends and put away all bad feelings if we ever had any. We are the friends of the Americans. All the Indians are of the same mind. We look upon you as our Father. We will never change our minds, but since you have been to see us we will be always the same. Now! Now, do you send this paper.
Documents Relating to the Negotiation of Ratified and Unratified Treaties With Various Indian Tribes, 1801-69, NARA Microfilm Publication T495, roll 5.