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The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe (sdukʷalbixʷ in our Native language) consists of Native Americans from the Puget Sound region of Washington State.
The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe is made up of approximately 500 members.
Tribal members have lived in the Puget Sound region since time immemorial. Long before explorers came to the Pacific Northwest, our people hunted deer and elk, fished for salmon, and gathered berries and wild plants for food and medicine. Today, many live in Snoqualmie, North Bend, Fall City, Carnation, Issaquah, Mercer Island, and Monroe.
Tribal members were signatories of the Treaty of Point Elliott of 1855, which reserved Native American Tribes in the Puget Sound area, including Snoqualmie, the right to hunt, fish, and live in the places they had done so for thousands of years. At the time, the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe was one of the largest in the Puget Sound region totaling around 4,000. The Tribe lost federal recognition in 1953 but regained Bureau of Indian Affairs recognition in 1999. This allowed the Tribe to develop the Snoqualmie Casino which financially supports services and resources for Tribe members and the local community.
The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe is governed by an elected Council and Tribal Constitution.
There were to sisters from tultxʷ. (Tolt) They decided to go to baʔqʷab (the City of Snoqualmie) to dig fern roots. When they were done, they decided to sleep there for the night. That night the two sisters were looking up into the sky. They looked at the stars and wished they could marry one. While sleeping that night they were taken to land of the Sky People.
When they woke up they saw that they were married to the two stars they had been looking at. They lived there for a long time. Every day the men went out to hunt and the sisters stayed and dug up fern roots. One day the older sister became pregnant and gave birth to a boy named słukʷalb.
After a while the sisters missed their home and family. One day while digging for roots, they realized if they dug far enough they could see the world below. They decided they could go home this way. One sister would dig while the other would watch baby moon and weave a cedar rope. After fifteen days the rope reached the top of qʷalbc (Mount Si).
They climbed down to the earth. All of this time their family had missed them and had sent the Bird People to try and find the sisters. Everyone was happy that the two sisters had returned and were surprised to see słukʷalb. To celebrate the sisters made their ladder into a swing. Everyone had sport on it by swinging from qʷalbc to dx̌aclbac (Rattlesnake Ridge).
While all of their family was celebrating, Dog Salmon came and stole the baby. Everyone tried to find him but it was Bluejay who was able to find słukʷalb, who was now grown up and had children of his own. He told Bluejay he would come home when his children were grown.
When słukʷalb returned He had a special power. He was now dukʷibeł. dukʷibeł changed everything into what it is today. When he came to the great fish near where he had been stolen as a baby, he turned it into Snoqualmie Falls. From here Moon the Transformer created the various people and all the rivers as they are now. He placed all of the fish in the rivers and made the wild animals.
Welcome to “Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty in Washington State,” a ground-breaking curriculum initiative made possible through federal, state, and tribal funding. This project seeks to build lasting educational partnerships between school districts and their local tribes via elementary, middle, and high school curriculum on tribal sovereignty.
Environmental and Natural Resources (ENR) works to enhance, protect, and preserve the environment of the Snoqualmie reservation and traditional Tribal lands through habitat and water quality improvement projects, waste reduction and recycling, energy conservation, and education. ENR works with multiple local and regional partners to address environmental issues important to the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe. Some of our ongoing projects include: Habitat Restoration: Regular planting, noxious weed removal, and trail building. Restoration of traditional ecological knowledge by planting species used by the Snoqualmie people for harvests and medicines since time immemorial. Water Quality: Keeping waterways clean is important for fish and our own health. ENR has sites on and off the reservation that are monitored for general health and microbes that can be toxic to humans. Information is available on how to prevent pollution from entering waterways. Projects such as the bio swales in the casino employee parking lot and the ENR rain garden exemplify solutions to stormwater runoff. Kimball Creek Water Quality Improvement Project: Solid Waste and Recycling: ENR addresses issues of recycling and composting and offers recycling events for large household items.
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