Published on October 1, 2013 by Amy
The Port Gamble Band of S’Klallam Indians, formerly known as the Port Gamble Indian Community of the Port Gamble Reservation, is a federally recognized tribe of S’Klallam people, located on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington. They are an Indigenous people of the Northwest Coast.
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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. The reservation is 1,303-acres large.
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:
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.
The Port Gamble Band of S’Klallam Indians owns and operated the Point Casino, Market Fresh Buffet, Little Boston Bistro, and Point Julia Deli, alllocated in Kingston.