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Shoalwater Bay Tribe

The 334.75-acre reservation was established by executive order on September 22, 1866. Many of the Indians worked for white in logging and oystering industries. Some Shoalwater people entitled to allotments on the reservation were allotted instead on the Quinault Reservation. By 1879 the Shoalwater Bay people spoke the Lower Chehalis dialect.

The tribe rejected the Indian Reorganization Act in 1934 but adopted a constitution and became formally organized on May 22, 1971. The Shoalwater Bay Tribal Council was elected shortly after this. In 1984 they accepted $1 million in exchange to renounce its claim to eight-acres in Tokeland, Wa.