Published on July 22, 2012 by Amy
The Snohomish are a Lushootseed Native American tribe who reside around the Puget Sound area of Washington, north of Seattle. They speak the Lushootseed language. The tribal spelling is Sdoh-doh-hohbsh, which means “wet snow” according to the last chief of the Snohomish tribe, Chief William Shelton, though there is debate among historians as to the actual meaning. Some believe it means “a style of union among them of the braves”, while others believe it means “Sleeping Waters”, while still others believe that the actual spelling is Sdohobich.
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The area where the Snohomish tribe lived has become Snohomish County.
Some of the last surviving members of the Snohomish tribe live on the Tulalip reservation, west of the city of Marysville, Washington, though most live elsewhere. The last surviving members are currently having a difficult time getting official status from the United States Government, despite the terms of the Treaty of Point Elliott.