Published on June 3, 2012 by Amy
The Upper Skagit are a Lushootseed Native American tribe living in the state of Washington. In pre-Colonial times, the tribe occupied lands along the Skagit River, from as far downstream as the land currently occupied by Mount Vernon, Washington, and villages going north as far as Newhalem along the Skagit River, as well as lands on the Baker River, and the Sauk River. Culturally, the Upper Skagit share characteristics with the Lower Skagit, the Coast Salish, as well as the Plateau Indians from the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains.
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The Upper Skagit owns and operates the Skagit Valley Casino & Resort along with the Bow Hill gas station located on Bow Hill.
The Upper Skagit Indian Reservation consists of three separate small parcels of land in western Skagit County, near the cities of Sedro-Woolley and Burlington. The total land area is 110.45 acres (0.447 km²). Its resident population was 238 persons as of the 2000 census.