October 6 is a very important anniversary for the Snoqualmie Tribe. 24 years ago today, the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe’s status as a federally recognized tribe was finally affirmed. After decades of petitioning, the Tribe received a determination of Federal Recognition in August of 1997.
Following the announcement there was a short period of time in which surrounding tribes could challenge the final determination, which some tribes did. Two years later, Snoqualmie was victorious in 1999 when the Department of the Interior affirmed its original decision. Today, the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe celebrates this date, October 6th, as Snoqualmie Tribe Federal Re-Recognition Day.
Snoqualmie Mayor Katherine Ross commented on the momentous anniversary saying, “Today the City celebrates this very important day for the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe – Federal Re-recognition Day. The City recognizes and honors the Tribe’s rich history and deep connection to the Snoqualmie Valley, and we encourage our residents and visitors to learn about the Tribe and their ancestral lands.”
To learn more about the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe, please visit https://snoqualmietribe.us/