Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians

Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians Information

The Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians is comprised of the descendants of the Stoluck-wa-mish River Tribe. Stulekʷ means river in their language, Northern Lushootseed. They are the River People. In 1855, the Stillaguamish resided on the main branch of the Stillaguamish River near present-day Arlington and Stanwood, Washington. The Stoluck-wa-mish was a party to the Treaty of Point Elliott of 1855; however, no separate reservation was established for them. 

Following the treaty, some moved to the Tulalip Reservation, but most remained in their aboriginal territory along the Stillaguamish River. In 1974, the Tribe petitioned the Secretary of the Interior for acknowledgment and recognition; on October 27, 1976, the Tribe achieved federal recognition and treaty rights. The Stillaguamish built cedar plank houses for winter residences and seasonal camps in the Spring, Summer and Fall. Fishermen speared salmon from their canoes as they poled upriver and used various traps to catch salmon and trout in the rivers and creeks. They had many villages, and each village had a head man, which is now known as a chief. Tribal members continue to practice the lifeways of their ancestors with the help of modern tools and conveniences. The children participate in traditional teachings such as harvesting cedar and grasses for weaving, berry picking and other edible plants, fishing (salmon and shell), hunting, drumming and, singing and dancing. 

You can visit the Stillaguamish and stay in their beautiful Angel of the Winds Casino Resort - a testament to the enterprise spirit of the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians. Nestled in the beauty of Washington State, the Resort beckons travelers with a rich tapestry of culture and nature. Set against majestic mountains and lush forests, the hotel exudes a rustic charm, with indigenous-inspired décor that whispers tales of the land. Visitors can indulge in many amenities, from gaming thrills to spa relaxation. Located conveniently off Interstate 5, the resort serves as a gateway to the wonders of the Pacific Northwest. 

Explore nearby attractions like the historic town of Arlington or embark on outdoor adventures in the Cascade Range. The landscape they call home is a masterpiece of natural beauty, characterized by snow-capped mountains, pristine rivers, and dense forests teeming with life. The Stillaguamish River, from which the Tribe takes its name, winds its way through the region, serving as a lifeline for the land and its people. 

The Cascade National Park and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest offer unparalleled hiking trails and scenic vistas for those seeking tranquility and a connection with nature. The Bureau of Land Management recreation areas nearby provide a haven of solitude, perfect for rejuvenation and reflection. In this harmonious ecosystem, wildlife abounds, from majestic elk and black bears to elusive salmon that return each year to spawn in the river. The rhythm of the seasons dictates the pace of life, as the tribe follows age-old traditions of hunting, fishing, and gathering that sustain both body and spirit. 

As guardians of their ancestral lands, the Stillaguamish people hold a deep reverence for the natural world, recognizing their role as caretakers entrusted with its preservation for future generations. Their legacy of resilience, adaptability, and harmony with the land is a testament to the enduring spirit of the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians. Travelers can easily access the region through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Two railway stations are within 30 miles of Arlington, offering a picturesque journey through the heart of Washington. Whether seeking cultural immersion, natural wonders or gaming excitement, the Stillaguamish Tribe welcomes all with open arms.

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