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)
S’Klallam, English[2]
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 peoples of the Northwest Coast.


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]


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: Renee Veregge
  • Council Member: Kyle Carpenter
  • Council Member: Lena Tunkara
  • Council Member: Talia DeCoteau.[5]

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


Traditionally, S’Klallam people speak 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 S'Klallam Tribe owns and operates the Point Casino, Market Fresh Buffet, Little Boston Bistro, and Point Julia Deli, all located in Kingston.[6]


  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.


  • 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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