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  • Snoqualmie Tribe

     

    The Snoqualmie Tribe—sduk ∑albix ∑ in the Native language—consists of a group of Native American peoples from the Puget Sound region of Washington state. The Snoqualmie Tribe is made up of approximately 650 members.

    The Snoqualmie Tribe has lived in the Puget Sound region since time immemorial. Long before the early explorers came to the Pacific Northwest, the Snoqualmie people hunted deer and elk, fished for salmon, and gathered berries and wild plants for food and medicine. Today, many of their members live in the communities of Snoqualmie, North Bend, Fall City, Carnation, Issaquah, Mercer Island and Monroe.

    The Tribe was a signatory of the Point Elliott Treaty with the Washington territory in 1855. At that time, they were one of the largest tribes in the Puget Sound region totaling around 4,000. They lost federal recognition in 1953, but after much battle, regained recognition in October 1999 by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

    With federal recognition, they were able to develop the Snoqualmie Casino, which helps to financially support services for tribal members and the local community.

    The Snoqualmie Tribe is governed by an elected Council and their Tribal Constitution.

     

    For more information on the Snoqualmie Tribe, visit their website.