Recognizing Yakama Nation Treaty Day

New Heritage University holiday to Recognize Yakama Nation Treaty Day

June 8, 2018 marks the 163rd anniversary of the signing of the Yakama Nation Treaty of 1855, the treaty that formed the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation. Heritage University is commemorating this day by declaring a new holiday which will close campus. This new holiday will pay special tribute to the Yakama Nation whose homelands the institution is situated upon. Please join us in honoring this day by attending the various festivities planned at the Yakama Nation Tribal Headquarters on Fort Road.

Excerpt from the Yakama Nation Treaty of 1855

Articles of agreement and convention made and concluded at the treaty-ground, Camp Stevens, Wall-Wall Valley, this ninth day of June in the year one thousand eight hundred and Fifty-five, by and between Isaac I. Stevens, Governor and superintendent of Indian Affairs for the Territory of Washington, on the part of the United States, and the undersigned head chiefs, chief, head-men, and delegates of the Yakama Palouis, Pisquouse, Wenatchsahpam, Klikatat, Klingquit, Kow-was-say-ee, Li-was, Skin-pha, Wish-ham, Shyiks, Ocehchotes, Ka-milt-pha, and Se-ap-Cat, confederated tribes and bands of Indians, occupying lands hereinafter bounded and describes land lying in Washington Territory, who for the purposed of this treaty are to be considered as one nation, under the name of “Yakama,” with Kamiakun as its head chief, on behalf of and acting for said tribes and bans, and being duly authorized thereto by them.​