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Framing Chief Leschi: Narratives and the Politics of Historical Justice

Lisa Blee


In 1855 in the South Puget Sound, war broke out between Washington settlers and Nisqually Indians. A party of militiamen traveling through Nisqually country was ambushed, and two men were shot from behind and fatally wounded. After the war, Chief Leschi, a Nisqually leader, was found guilty of murder by a jury of settlers and hanged in the territory's first judicial execution. But some 150 years later, in 2004, the Historical Court of Justice, a symbolic tribunal that convened in a Tacoma museum, reexamined Leschi's murder conviction, and posthumously exonerated him. This book uses this fascin ... More

Keywords: South Puget Sound, Washington settlers, Nisqually Indians, militiamen, Chief Leschi, judicial execution, Historical Court, indigenous people, self-determination, colonialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781469612843
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469612843.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lisa Blee, author