JANUARY 5, 1911


Born in Ilwaco, Washington, Troeh, a member of the Chinook tribe, was a nurse, antique-shop owner, and activist who spent her life supporting the Native cultures in the Northwest.  Catherine attended University of Washington and earned a public health degree.  Troeh, in the early 1950s, along with Pearl Warren, Erna Gunther, and Troeh’s older sister Betsy Trick, founded the American Indian Women’s Service League.  The League, which later helped spawn the Seattle Indian Center, the Seattle Indian Health Board, and the United Indians of all Tribes, was formed to help Indians who started moving from reservations to cities and were facing cultural differences in transitioning.  In 1952, she was the only woman on the newly created Chinook Tribal Council.  Troeh was also involved in trying to get Federal recognition of the Chinook tribe.  She died June 28, 2007, in Burrien, Washington.

Source:  Tricia Duryee, “Catherine Troeh, activist, historian and counselor, dies at 96,” The Seattle Times, 7/1/2006.  Retrieved 8/15/2019, http://www.seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003769826_troehobit01m.html
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