How did the Tribe come to be located in the Port Gamble area?
Port Gamble S'Klallams are descendants of the Salish people. By 1000 A.D. Coast Salish speaking communities were well established throughout Puget Sound and both shores of the Straits of Juan de Fuca.

The S'Klallams have lived along the shores of Port Gamble Bay for over 1,000 years.

Prior to the arrival of explorers, traders and settlers to the Northwest, the S'Klallam maintained at least 15 winter villages stretching along the south shore of the Straits of Juan de Fuca as well as others on the southern coast of Vancouver Island.  

What caused the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe to settle in their current location at Point Julia?
In 1853, Pope & Talbot, a forestry and shipping company, founded The Port Gamble Mill. Shortly after, the S'Klallams were asked to relocate across the Bay to Point Julia to make room for the growing operations. In exchange, the Tribe was promised and received jobs at the mill and lumber to build new homes.

When did the land become official tribal land?
In 1938 the Port Gamble S'Klallam Reservation was established. Although the federal government initially purchased the Reservation land, the Tribe reimbursed the cost in the 1970s. Today, the Tribe's reservation lands enjoy 100% tribal trust status without individual or outside ownership.

How has the Tribe become self-sustaining?
In 1976 a modern tribal center was built and by 1992 the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe was self-governing, taking over responsibility for providing programs and services from the federal government. Over the years the Tribe has proudly grown to serve its members as well as, where possible, the surrounding communities with an award-winning health clinic, new housing, and a fish hatchery. The House of Knowledge—a five-building complex that includes the Tribe's longhouse, education center, youth center, elders center and the award-winning Little Boston Library--was completed in 2007 with widespread community support. The most recent addition to the campus is a new youth center.

What important values and traditions are still practiced today by the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe?
The Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe proudly holds dear time-honored values such as respect for the Earth, elders, and family. All of the Tribe's members participate in activities that emphasize cultural ties such as traditional singing, dancing, artistry, and events like the annual canoe journey.

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