Skokomish Indian Tribe of the Skokomish Reservation, Washington

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The Skokomish Indian Tribe, formerly known as the Skokomish Indian Tribe of the Skokomish Reservation, is a federally recognized tribe of Skokomish, Twana, Klallam, and Chimakum people. They are a tribe of Southern Coast Salish indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest located in Washington. The Skokomish are one of nine bands of Twana people.

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Reservation

The Skokomish Reservation is located on several square miles of Mason County, just north of Shelton, Washington. Some Klallam people were relocated onto the reservation after signing the 1855 Point No Point Treaty.

Government

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.
  • Language

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

    Economic development

    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.

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