|Tribe - Jamestown S'Klallam
The S'Klallam people, living along the Strait of Juan de Fuca, have occupied the region for thousands of years. An unearthed campsite near Sequim is carbon-dated by archeologists to be 2,500-8,000-years old. This hunting and gathering camp with a pit house, the oldest ever found in western Washington, was used until about 1870.
After white contact in the early 1800s, genocide and epidemics decimated families. In 1874, continuing trouble with white settlers prompted the few remaining families to pool their money and purchase land at the mouth of Dungeness Bay along the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The Tribe named the area Jamestown in honor of their leader James Balch who organized the land purchase. In 1981 the Tribe was recognized as having aboriginal and governmental rights by the federal government.
Today the Jamestown S'Klallam tribal headquarters are in Blyn at the head of Sequim Bay where our natural resource department administers more than a million dollars in watershed restoration grants to return salmon to the region. At Blyn, you are welcome to visit our tribal center where you'll learn about current projects and are welcome to visit our Northwest Native Expressions fine art gallery.
Even if you aren't a gambler, have lunch or dinner inside Seven Cedars Casino. We specialize in fresh seafood. The building, commanding a large presence at Blyn, is based on impressive Northwest Coast longhouse design with seven gorgeously carved cedar totem poles at the entrance. We're easy to find-watch for our distinctive signs and our handsome information kiosk and viewpoint at Blyn overlooking the bay on Highway 101.