Snoqualmie Tribe celebrates ‘Land Into Trust’ decision

The decision comes after a challenge to the Tribe’s federal recognition made in 2015.

  • Monday, February 25, 2019 1:30am
  • Life

Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney announced on Feb. 13 that the U.S. Secretary of Interior may continue to accept land into trust status for the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe.

The years-awaited decision resolves a challenge to the tribe’s federal status made by the city of Snoqualmie in 2015 in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar.

“The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe is grateful for the Assistant Secretary’s decision that clears the way for the United States to once again take much needed land into trust for the tribe,” Chairman Robert de los Angeles said. “This is a major milestone, and it is fitting that it comes in the same year that the tribe is celebrating its 20th anniversary year of federal re-recognition.”

In Carcieri, the Supreme Court decided that the secretary may only take land into trust for tribes that were “under federal jurisdiction” in 1934 —the year the Indian Reorganization Act was enacted. The tribe can now follow the land-into-trust process for other property owned by the tribe because it was confirmed to be “under federal jurisdiction” in 1934. The determination ensures the tribe will be able to add to its reservation land base to meet its needs for future generations.

“We deeply appreciate the efforts of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Department of Interior officials,” de los Angeles said. “This has been a huge effort for more than four years involving current and past council members, and countless hours of work by dedicated tribal staff and our legal team at Kilpatrick Townsend. This is a great day.”

The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe is a federally recognized tribe in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. Known as the People of the Moon, Snoqualmie were signatories to the Treaty of Point Elliott in 1855. For more information, go online to www.snoqualmietribe.us.

More in Life

Photo courtesy of Snoqualmie Valley Block Party Facebook
                                The Snoqualmie Valley Block Party returns to the Valley Sept. 14.
Snoqualmie Valley Block Party returns Sept. 14

The Block Party will be located at Center Blvd SE in Snoqualmie from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Through the Little Free Children’s Library, millions of books are exchanged annually. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo
Girl Scout Troop installs Little Free Children’s Library

Girl Scout Troop 41637 use cookie sale funds to install a free library.

21-year-old Snoqualmie missionary comes home following PCT hike

Griffin Armour hiked the Washington section of the Pacific Crest Trail for an upcoming mission.

Ready or not, college is arriving

How parents can help their students embark on a college career.

Photo courtesy of Peter O’Donnell
                                The Snoqualmie Firefighters Association is holding its annual Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Aug. 17.
Snoqualmie Firefighters Association to host annual Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction

The Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction will be held on Aug. 17 from 7 - 11 a.m.

Photo courtesy of Festival at Mount Si Facebook
                                Festival at Mount Si will be celebrating 72 years of community. The annual wife carrying contest (older than 21) and the sibling carrying contest (younger than 21) will take place on Sunday, Aug. 11.
Festival at Mount Si returns to the Valley

The 2019 festival will take place aug. 9 -11.

Applying mindfulness into your daily life

Being mindful is the act of staying present, being aware of your surroundings and noticing new things without judgment.

Mindful goal setting

What are the roots of you life goals?

Hot coals – great for burgers, bad for garbage | Waste Management Column

Caution is necessary when disposing of used coals.

Recycle Corps interns help build recycling muscle memory

Waste Management column for the Valley Record.

Happy Fourth — Do we have freedom? What is freedom anyway?

A column about mindfulness and mental well being.

Celebrating the Fourth on the Eastside

Americans all over the country including the Eastside region will gather on… Continue reading