Port Gamble Band of S’Klallam Indians

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Port Gamble Band
of S’Klallam Indians
Winter Meal.jpg
Winter scene in Kingston, Washington
Total population
1,234 (2012)[1]
Regions with significant populations
 United States ( Washington)
Languages
S’Klallam, English[2]
Religion
traditional tribal religion
Related ethnic groups
other S'Klallam people

The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe,[3] formerly known as the Port Gamble Indian Community of the Port Gamble Reservation or the Port Gamble Band of S’Klallam Indians is a federally recognized tribe of S’Klallam people, located on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington.[4] They are an Indigenous people of the Northwest Coast.

Reservation[edit]

The Port Gamble S’Klallam Reservation, located in the northern part of Kitsap County, Washington. It was founded in 1938 and is collectively held by the tribe.[5] The reservation is 1,303-acres large.[4]

Government[edit]

The tribe's headquarters is in Kingston, Washington. The tribe is governed by a democratically-elected, six-member tribal council. The current administration is as follows:

  • Chairman: Jeromy Sullivan
  • Vice-Chairman: Chris Tom
  • Council Member: Dawn Purser
  • Council Member: Kyle Carpenter
  • Council Member: Jamie Aikman
  • Council Member: Eugene Purser.[5]

The tribe ratified its constitution in 1939.[4] To enroll in the tribe, members must have a 1/8 minimum blood quantum.

Language[edit]

Traditionally, S’Klallam people spoke the S’Klallam language, a Central Salish language. It is very similar to the Saanich dialect of the Straits Salish language. A grammar book has been published in the language, and it is taught in elementary and high school.[2]

Economic development[edit]

The Port Gamble Band of S’Klallam Indians owns and operated the Point Casino, Market Fresh Buffet, Little Boston Bistro, and Point Julia Deli, all located in Kingston.[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Public Safety." Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe. Retrieved 4 Aug 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Clallam." Ethnologue. Retrieved 4 Aug 2013.
  3. ^ http://www.bia.gov/WhoWeAre/BIA/OIS/TribalGovernmentServices/TribalDirectory/
  4. ^ a b c Pritzker 193
  5. ^ a b "Tribal Government: Tribal Council." Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe. Retrieved 4 Aug 2013.
  6. ^ "The Point Casino." 500 Nations. Retrieved 4 Aug 2013.

References[edit]

  • Pritzker, Barry M. A Native American Encyclopedia: History, Culture, and Peoples. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. ISBN 978-0-19-513877-1.

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