Nisqually of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 575

ROP3 Code: 117905
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: North American Peoples
People Cluster: North American Indigenous
Language: English - (eng)
Religion: Ethnic Religions
Country of Origin: United States

Photo of Nisqually Billy Frank, Jr. (1934-2014).

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Majority Located Where

  Olympia, WA - 575

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Brief Profile

The Nisqually, also known as the Puget Salish or Southern Coast Salish, are a Native American people group who reside east of Olympia, Washington. They are one among several tribes who traditonally were a part of the Lushootshed language group.

The Nisqually reservation is home to a Casino, Market, Library, Youth Community Center, Day Care Center, and the Tribal Center. Living conditions vary among Nisqually people with some living in impoverished conditions and others not.

They are influenced by the Indian Shaker Church, a unique blend of American Indian, Catholic, and Protestant beliefs and practices. The Indian Shakers are unrelated to the Shakers of New England (United Society of Believers) and are not to be confused with the Native American Church. Most people claim them to be a cult, that is not Christian nor adhering to evangelical beliefs.

Some Nisqually are still part of the Shaker Church. Many, though, are more in name Shaker than in practice. Hence, the majority of Nisqually people live a more secular lifestyle mixed with ethnic practices and supersititions.

Prayer Points

  • Pray Christians will minister to both the spiritual as well as the physical needs of Nisqually people.
  • Pray God will work in the lives of Nisqually people to understand that Christ is the one and only Messiah who lived among us.
  • Pray for God to work in the lives of Nisqually Christians to make Christ and the message of the Bible a natural part of their everyday life.


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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesOlympiaOlympiaWA575