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Kitsap or Ktsap (died April 18, 1860[1]) was a war chief of the Suquamish Native American tribe. One source says that he was the most powerful chief on Puget Sound from 1790 to 1845. Kitsap County, Washington and the Kitsap Peninsula are named for him.

He was an ancestor of Johnny Kitsap, 1908, also known as Chief Kitsap.[2]

Having been prominent before white settlement of Puget Sound began, oral history is the only basis for most of what can be said about Kitsap, and many reports offer conflicting information. He may have been one of the Indians who was welcomed aboard HMS Discovery by Captain George Vancouver during his exploration of Puget Sound. Some sources indicate that it was Kitsap who had Old Man House, Puget Sound's largest longhouse, built on Agate Pass, though other sources debate this.

Aside from being one of the best-known war chiefs of the Suquamish, at one point Kitsap was acknowledged as the head of the largest intertribal coalition which the Puget Sound had ever seen. Around 1825, The Puget Sound Indians, not normally organized above the level of individual bands, formed a confederation under Kitsap to strike against the Cowichan Tribes of southeast Vancouver Island, who often raided the Puget Sound. However, Kitsap's flotilla was no match for the larger canoes of the Cowichans; after suffering heavy losses in the sea battle, the Puget Sound Indians were forced to retreat. Kitsap was one of the few survivors of this ill-fated expedition.[1]

Sources suggest that Kitsap was the brother of Schweabe, the father of Chief Seattle.

Another Kitsap, a leader of the Muckleshoot tribe, was prominent in the Indian War of 1855–1856. Like his comrade in arms, Chief Leschi, Kitsap was arrested for the part he played in the hostilities, but he was acquitted. Known to boast of his healing skills and his supposed invincibility (he claimed that no man could kill him), Kitsap of the Muckleshoot was killed shortly after returning to his tribe in 1860. Three of his tribesmen had fallen ill, and died after he administered them a red liquid as medicine; their relations killed Kitsap to avenge what they saw as willful murder.


  1. ^ a b "The Indian Chief Kitsap". The Washington Historical Quarterly (University of Washington) 25 (4): 297–301. October 1934. Retrieved 2011-03-05. 
  2. ^ McClure's magazine - McClure's magazine, Volume 3, 1908. p. 337. Retrieved 2010-03-30. 

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North Kitsap Herald
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:57:41 -0700

State Sen. John McCoy, D-Tulalip, author of the bill that allows Tribes to operate their own schools, visited Chief Kitsap Academy prior to the start of the 2014-15 school year. 'This is a proud day,' McCoy said during his visit. 'You are the first ...
North Kitsap Herald
Wed, 13 Mar 2013 11:30:54 -0700

The Chief Kitsap Academy student said his Tribe has lived off the water forever. He doesn't want to see that go away. "If there's no water, there's no us," Purser said. Four students from Suquamish's Chief Kitsap Academy had the opportunity to raise ...
North Kitsap Herald
Fri, 07 Sep 2012 07:09:12 -0700

SUQUAMISH — Chief Kitsap Academy opened its doors for the first time Wednesday, and Superintendent Joe Davalos already had high expectations for the new school. “I expect to have a whole bunch of people who are going to want to come here in one ...

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Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:01:22 -0700

Chief Kitsap Academy, which is operated by the Suquamish Tribe under a government-to-government agreement with the North Kitsap School District, was one of four district schools or programs—out of 15—to meet math and reading achievement levels ...
North Kitsap Herald
Thu, 04 Sep 2014 14:45:00 -0700

Those passing: Chief Kitsap Academy, Middle School Options, PAL (Parent Assisted Learning), and Special Programs. Some educators in other districts say there is some confusion about what “failing” letters mean for their child's school and for their child.
Kitsap Sun
Sat, 16 Aug 2014 16:25:18 -0700

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Kitsap Sun file The original Thunderbird Stadium was built in 1960 specifically for the Chief Kitsap Stampede. The groundbreaking was started in February for the August production.
North Kitsap Herald
Thu, 26 Dec 2013 16:04:16 -0800

With the move to Camas, Conley also leaves his teaching position at Chief Kitsap Academy. He enjoyed the small class sizes and seeing students go from struggling to shining in school. Under Conley's direction, the Bucs program turned around after a ...
Kitsap Sun
Wed, 18 Sep 2013 17:42:57 -0700

SUQUAMISH — Twenty-one students from Suquamish Tribe's Chief Kitsap Academy and Madrona School on Bainbridge Island embarked Wednesday on a sailing tour of the Puget Sound to learn about environmental stewardship. For the first time this year, ...

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