About Us

The Tulalip Tribes is a federally-recognized Indian tribe located on the Tulalip Reservation in the mid-Puget Sound area bordered on the east by Interstate 5 and the city of Marysville, Washington; on the south by the Snohomish River; on the north by the Fire Trail Road (140th); and on the west by the waters of Puget Sound. The Tulalip Reservation exterior boundaries enclose a land-base of 22,000 acres, more than 50 percent of which is in federal trust status. The Reservation is rich with natural resources: marine waters, tidelands, fresh water creeks and lakes, wetlands, forests and developable land. The Tulalip Reservation was reserved for the use and benefit of Indian tribes and bands signatory to the Treaty of Point Elliott of January 22, 1855. Its boundaries were established by the 1855 Treaty and by Executive Order of President U.S. Grant dated December 23, 1873. It was created to provide a permanent home for the Snohomish, Snoqualmie, Skagit, Suiattle, Samish and Stillaguamish Tribes and allied bands living in the region.

The Tulalip Tribes was organized under the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934. The Tulalip Constitution and Bylaws were approved January 24, 1936, and a charter ratified October 3, 1936. The governing body is the seven-member Tulalip Board of Directors. As of April 19, 2004, the Tribes has 3,611 active members living and active on the reservation. The Tribes provides many services to its members including preschool, higher education assistance, health and dental clinics, a pharmacy, a state-licensed chemical dependency recovery program, senior retirement home and cultural activities. In addition to two Marysville School District (MSD) elementary schools, the Tribes collaborates with MSD to provide on-reservation middle school and high school alternative programs. The Tulalip Tribes provides oversight to the Tulalip Housing Authority, which provides nearly 300 housing units for tribal members, and to the Tulalip Utilities District, the primary provider of water and sewer services.

Of the 3,200 employees working for Tulalip Tribes, more than two-thirds are working in the Tribes' business enterprises: Tulalip Casino/Resort/Bingo, Leasing, Tulalip Broadband, Tulalip Marina, Tulalip Liquor & Smoke Shop and the Quil Ceda Village Business Park.

Population Figures

1841 Indians living on Penn’s Cove, Whidbey Island, including mainland (from the Wilkes Expedition) 650
1844 Snohomish Indians 322
1854 Snohomish at south end of Whidbey Island and Snohomish River 350
  Upper branches of Snohomish River 300
  Snoqualmie River (from Gov. Stevens) 195
  Total 845
1870 Snohomish 291
  Snoqualmie 301
  Total 592
1877 Tulalip Reservation 344
1886 Tulalip Reservation 474
1889 Tulalip Reservation 444
1890 Tulalip Reservation 443
1891 Tulalip Reservation 443
1899 Tulalip Reservation 485
1900 Tulalip Reservation 488
1901 Tulalip Reservation 452
1902 Tulalip Reservation 465
1903 Tulalip Reservation (The agency physician reports the death rate was twice the birth rate this year) 457
1904 Tulalip Reservation 465
1905 Tulalip Reservation 460
1993 Tulalip Reservation 2,500