The Duke Of York – Cheetsamahoin

The Duke Of York – Cheetsamahoin, who was usually styled His Royal Highness, the Duke of York, appears to have been hereditary chief of the tribe of the Clallams, who occupy the land at the mouth of the Strait of Fuca on the south side. He was an able, faithful ruler, and highly esteemed by the Whites. As early as 1854, he was officially appointed head chief of his tribe by Governor Stevens through the agent, Michael T. Simmons. He held this office and performed its duties with vigor and fidelity until, in 1870, he was found to be growing too old and infirm for its active obligations, and by Agent Eells was at that time constituted a sort of honorary chief, whose counsels were to be respected. He was a good, faithful man, and doubtless saved many lives by his honest adherence to our government. He died a few years ago at a great age, and was followed to his grave by a great concourse of people of both the white and Indian races.

Hodge, Frederick Webb, Compiler. The Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico. Bureau of American Ethnology, Government Printing Office. 1906.

1 thought on “The Duke Of York – Cheetsamahoin”

  1. Katherine Godfrey

    Looking for my 6x great grandfather not sure tribe he belong to. I know he was a chief his name was o-san-d-ah/ his daughter wasa Prince she married my 4x grate grandfather Frantic Godfroy he was born in1788 he was WEA Indian and French he wasa chief himself.
    Just wgT to know more about him and life
    Thanks Katherine Godfrey

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