Skokomish Indian Tribe

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Skokomish Indian Tribe
Twined Skokomish basket with overlay design 01.jpg
Skokomish twined basket of red cedar bark, bear grass, cattail leaf, ca. 1890
Total population
796 enrolled members[1]
Regions with significant populations
 United States ( Washington)
Languages
English, Twana[2]
Religion
traditional tribal religion
Related ethnic groups
other Twana, Klallam, and Chimakum people[3]

The Skokomish Indian Tribe,[4] formerly known as the Skokomish Indian Tribe of the Skokomish Reservation,[5] and in its own official use the Skokomish Tribal Nation,[6] is a federally recognized tribe of Skokomish, Twana, Klallam, and Chimakum people.[3] They are a tribe of Southern Coast Salish indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest located in Washington.[7] The Skokomish are one of nine bands of Twana people.[1]

Reservation[edit]

The Skokomish Reservation is located on several square miles of Mason County, just north of Shelton, Washington at 47°20′05″N 123°09′36″W / 47.33472°N 123.16000°W / 47.33472; -123.16000 (Skokomish Reservation).[8][1] Some Klallam people were relocated onto the reservation after signing the 1855 Point No Point Treaty.

Government[edit]

Lucky Dog Casino, Skokomish, Washington

The Skokomish Indian Tribe is headquartered in Skokomish, Washington. The tribe is governed by a seven-member, democratically-elected General Council. The current tribal administration is as follows:

  • Chairman: Charles "Guy" Miller
  • Vice-Chairman: Joseph Pavel
  • Secretary: Alex Gouley
  • Council Member: Terri Twiddy-Butler
  • Council Member: Tim "Wiggs" LeClair
  • Council Member: Annette Smith
  • Council Member: Cody Andrews
  • General Council President: Gilanne "Sissy" Delacruz
  • Executive Secretary: Darlyn Warren.[9]

Language[edit]

English is commonly spoken on by the tribe. The Skokomish language is a dialect of Twana, a Central Salish language. The last fully fluent speaker died in 1980.[2]

Economic development[edit]

The Skokomish tribe owns the Lucky Dog Casino, North Fork Bar and Grill, the Drift Lounge and Bar, and Waterfront Hotel, all located in Skokomish, Washington.[10]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Skokomish Tribe." Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board. Retrieved 26 Sept 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Twana." Ethnologue. Retrieved 26 Sept 2013.
  3. ^ a b Pritzker 200
  4. ^ INDIAN ENTITIES RECOGNIZED AND ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE SERVICES FROM THE UNITED STATES BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS: Federal Register, Volume 79, Number 19: 5. 29 January 2014. Accessed 10 June 2014.
  5. ^ "CORPORATE CHARTER of the SKOKOMISH INDIAN TRIBE OF THE SKOKOMISH INDIAN RESERVATION WASHINGTON." 18 June 1984.
  6. ^ Skokomish Tribal Nation website
  7. ^ Pritzker 203
  8. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Skokomish Indian Tribe
  9. ^ "Tribal Council Members." Skokomish Tribal Nation. Retrieved 26 Sept 2013.
  10. ^ "Angel of the Winds Casino." 500 Nations. Retrieved 26 Sept 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.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 47°20′06″N 123°09′36″W / 47.334866°N 123.159929°W / 47.334866; -123.159929