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Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe

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The Port Gamble S’Klallams are the “Strong People”—a name well-earned over generations of grit and resilience used to protect the people and places they have always held dear.

For thousands of years before the arrival of European settlers, the Port Gamble S’Klallam lived in seasonal and permanent villages extending across and beyond the borders of the Olympic Peninsula. The Port Gamble S’Klallam hunted, fished, and gathered from north of the San Juans, south into the Olympics, west into the Straits of Juan De Fuca, and east into the hood canal.

The S’Klallams lived in partnership with the land and its resources, while respecting the territory of neighboring tribes. Like many tribes, the S’Klallams had no concept of land or animal ownership as defined by the arriving Europeans.

The Port Gamble S’Klallams are the “Strong People”—a name well-earned over generations of grit and resilience used to protect the people and places they have always held dear.

For thousands of years before the arrival of European settlers, the…

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