Tulalip Tribes

Mailing Address

6700 Totem Beach Road
Tulalip, WA 98271

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Cultural History

Considered a federally-recognized tribe, the Tulalip Tribes can be found on the Tulalip Reservation in the mid-Puget sound area. The mid-Puget area is bordered by the Interstate 5 and the city of Marsville, Washington on the east, the Snohomish River to the south, the Fire Trail Road to the north and the waters of Puget Sound to the west.

The exterior boundaries of the Tulalip Reservation include 22,000 acres land-base. The 50 percent of these boundaries is in federal trust status today. The natural resources that are contained in the reservation are marine waters, tidelands, fresh water creeks and lakes, wetlands, forests and lands that can be developed. The Tulalip reservation was established so that it can be used and bring benefit to the Indian tribes and bands. On the one hand, it is signatory to the Treaty of Point Elliott of 22 January 1855. The 1855 Treaty and the Executive Order of President U.S. Grant made and established its boundaries on the 23rd of December 1873. This boundary was created so that they can give a permanent home to live in to the Snohomish, Snoqualmie, Skagit, Suiattle, Samish and Stillaguamish Tribes and allied bands who live in the region.

The Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 made it possible to organize the Tulalip Tribes. On January 24, 1936, the Tulalip Constitution and Bylaws were given approval and on October 3, 1936, a charter was ratified. They chose the seven-member Tulalip Board of Directors to be the governing and managing body. To count the number of living active members and those who are active on the reservation, a total of 3,611 people have been recorded as of April 19, 2004.

The services that are provided by the tribe include the following--preschool higher education assistance, dental clinics, health clinics, a pharmacy, state-licensed chemical dependency recovery program, senior retirement homes, and cultural activities.

The listed services really made a great help to the Indian people. According to two Marysville School District (MSD) elementary schools, the Tribes agreed to a partnership with MSD in order for them to provide middle and high school alternative programs on the reservation. The Tulalip Housing Authority provides almost 300 housing units for tribal members in as well as the Tulalip Utilities District (the number one provider of water/sewer services) in particular. On the other hand, oversight is being provided to the Tulalip Housing Authority by the Tulalip Tribes. 

The business enterprises of the Tribes are the Tulalip Casino/Bingo, Leasing, Tulalip Broadband, Tulalip Marina, Tulalip Liquor & Smoke Shop and the Quil Ceda Village Business Park. More than two-thirds of the 1,200 employees serving the Tulalip Tribes are working on these business enterprises.

There are large advantages of being a member of the Tulalip Tribes. Aside from they are providing the basic needs of the people, they are also very much sure that they are really secured in every aspect of their life.

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