Rolf Boone of The Olympian reported last month on our areas Indian Tribes:
“A year from now, American Indian tribes from throughout the Puget Sound area will converge on Budd Inlet in Olympia for the culmination of the canoe journey, a weeklong event in which regional tribes assemble to celebrate American Indian culture.
They will find ample reasons to celebrate in South Sound, which is home to three growing tribes: the Squaxin Island Tribe of Mason County, which will host the 2012 canoe journey, and two Thurston County tribes, the Nisqually and the Chehalis.
All three have transformed themselves in recent years by emphasizing long-term economic development goals propelled by high-profile casino operations and other business interests. As a result, the tribes are now among the largest employers of tribal members and nonmembers in the two counties.”