Sauk-Suiattle Tribe

Sauk-Suiattle Tribe
5318 Chief Brown Lane, Darrington WA 98241
360-436-0131   See their Website:
On the "River Highway",  courtesy of the Darrington Historical Society

The Sauk-Suiattle Tribe, the first people to call the Sauk, Suiattle, White Chuck and NF Stillaguamish their home were a people adept at navigating the swift water of the wild rivers.  They navigated these swift waters in cedar canoes crafted from a single ancient cedar tree. 
From this place of rivers, mountains and forest they gathered what we needed to sustain life. There was once a well traveled trail from the Squire Creek to the Sauk River known as the portage trail.  Along this trail is now the town of Darrington.

Johnny and Martha Tommy on the Sauk River,  courtesy of the Darrington Historical Society

In 1871 white men came to our valley to measure our lands.
A few years later white settlers came to the valley to claim our lands as their homesteads.  With no land for our homes many of our people left looking for work and a place to live.  It would not be until 1960 when compensation of our lost land took place.  This was based on the market value of when it had be confiscated.  The Sauk-Suiattle Reservation was formed. By this time only 18 of our people remained near the rivers of our homeland.

Celebrations Of Generations Pow Wow,  by Rick Korpienen

With the stability of a homeland the people began to rebuild a tribal government
and rediscover their heritage.  Skills were passed down to their youth to preserve Tribal heritage, such as, the basket weaving taught by elder Edith Bedal, granddaughter of beloved Chief Wawetkin.  Once a year the Celebrations Of Generations Pow Wow  on their land, which is a time of rejoicing and celebrating our rich heritage and traditions.  The Town of Darrington is our neighboring community to the south where we own and operate the Mountain Loop Country Store, and also where some of our people live and our children attend school.  We are a generous people to both our tribe and the town.

Whitehorse Mountain appears from the clouds, photo by Bob Herzer

Today the people of Sah-ku-mehu now known as the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe live on a portion of the homelands of our ancestors, a place so well described by elder Jean Bedal Fish.....

"A sense of security seemed to come from these mountains; it was like living in the hollow of the cupped hand of God"

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