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The Tulalip Tribes
The Salish word "Tulalip" means "smallmouthed bay" and refers to the nearly landlocked nature of the cove in which these first nations have lived for countless centuries. The reservation is located 30 miles north of Seattle right off of I-5, and west of Marysville, Washington and represents the Snohomish, Snoqualmie, Skykomish, and other bands and Tribes of Indians who inhabited the fertile land along the rivers which now bear their names.
At the time of European settlement, members of these Tribes traveled throughout Puget Sound and as far north as the Fraser River in pursuit of fishing and trading opportunities. Today the adjudicated usual and accustomed fishing area of the Tulalip Tribes extends from the Canadian border 120 miles south to the northern end of Vashon Island.
Management of Natural Resources
The Point Elliot Treaty of 1855 specified that the Tribes retained fishing and hunting rights in these usual and accustomed lands. The Tulalip Natural Resources program carries out the Tribes' co-management responsibilities in a manner consistent with treaty rights as well as protection and perpetuation of the resources upon which the people have depended for over ten thousand years.
Growing Tribal Economy
While nature and wildlife management has sustained the Tulalip Tribes since the beginning of time, they have more recently been involved in the creation of an economic base that has become a national model. A model that includes diverse investments into such businesses as land leasing, cablevision company, marine moorage, smoke shop and liquor store, Quil Ceda Village Business Park, the beautiful new Tulalip Casino and the new Seattle Premium Outlets, with over 100 quality stores.
Quil Ceda Village Business Park
Quil Ceda Village is a unique municipal and corporate body of the Tulalip Tribes, located on the Tulalip Indian Reservation just north of Marysville, Washington. To thousands of shoppers, Quil Ceda Village is an exciting retail an economically diverse and prosperous future. "Quil Ceda is the key to building and sustaining our culture, and our community," said tribal chair Stan Jones, Sr., "Just as important, Quil Ceda brings jobs and commerce not only to the reservation, but the entire region."
The beautiful new Tulalip Casino, the latest addition to the Quil Ceda Village, opened to rave reviews in June, 2003. With 2000 slot machines and over 49 gaming tables, it has everything you're looking for in a casino. Inside all 227,000 square feet there are four restaurants: Eagles Buffet featuring an assortment of entrees, Cedars Cafe, a 24-hour cafe, Canoes Cabaret, a bar and carvery, and fine dining at Tulalip Bay. The new Tulalip Casino is open 24 hours a day Wednesday through Sunday and 10am to 6am Monday and Tuesday. (See ad, Back Cover)
Quil Ceda Creek Nightclub & Casino
Guests who desire an up-beat hot spot with friendly neighborhood service will feel at home at Quil Ceda Creek. Located just off I-5 north of Everett (exit 199) the Nightclub and Casino is perfect for the young and young at heart, who are looking for a fun atmosphere to dance or to try their luck at a variety of slots and table games. Quil Ceda Creek is open 7-days a week from 10am to 4am.
Traditional Cultural Events
The Tulalip Tribes host several events throughout the year to celebrate their cultural heritage and sustain their traditions for future generations. While some of these events are sacred and reserved to tribal members, others are open to the public to share in the celebration and feasts.
Among these are the annual Veteran's Pow Wow, held the first weekend of June; and the Salmon Ceremony, held in conjunction with the Marysville Strawberry Festival, the third weekend in June. (See the Festivals and Events section in this guide for details of these cultural events or call the tribal office at 360-651-4000 for more information.)
Cultural Rediscovery Program
Through a special "Rediscovery" program, the Tulalip Tribes are coordinating basket weaving, beading, art, carving and language classes. The Tulalip's language, Lushootseed, and culture were almost lost when Tulalip children were forced to go to the government's boarding school. This program is intended to restore these resources by teaching traditional cultural values to future generations.
In the planning stages are a Cultural Heritage Museum and Reservation Tour program to help non-tribal people understand more about our traditions and lifestyle. For more information, contact the Cultural Resources Department at
360-651-3300 or at www.tulaliptribes.com.