"Now what I want to say is this. My home is at Shilacum [Steilacoom} Creek and there is where I want to live and die...I wish to tell the Governor that every Indian loves his native land the best. Every Indian loves his own people best."
Sam Young, Chief of the Steilacoom Tribe,addressing Governor Stevens on August 4, 1856.
Some Steilacoom Indians did decide to move onto the reservations at Nisqually, Puyallup, Skokomish, Tulalip, and Squaxin Island. Others, including Sam Young, preferred to remain in their traditional homeland.