Protect sacred places,
our clean water,
and open spaces.
We believe it’s our responsibility to be good stewards of Pacific Northwest’s natural and cultural heritage. We must protect our clean water sources, our forest lands and our open spaces, and we must do so while respecting the lands deemed sacred by local Indian Tribes. While we support responsible economic development, we believe Snoqualmie Falls is for all people, for all time, and that developing the sacred land around it is irresponsible.
For all people, for all time. From time immemorial, the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe has considered Snoqualmie Falls sacred—its birthplace of creation. Mists from the thundering 268-foot waterfall carry prayers to the ancestors, and the Falls provide the gifts of food, water, life, health and healing. Today, the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe warmly welcomes all visitors to this sacred site to experience its power in their own way.
The forest lands surrounding the Falls are also sacred. They are ancient burial grounds where the remains of generations of our people are forever resting.
Modern times are taking a toll on this sacred site. In 1898, developers blasted away part of the Falls to install a hydroelectric facility inside the waterfall, diverting water to nearby turbines to generate electricity. The water flowing over the Falls is far less than what it was before the power plant came in. The hydroelectric facility is still a major detriment to the sacred waterfall, though it only accounts for one- percent of Puget Sound Energy’s electricity portfolio.
In 1919, more developers built what is now the Salish Lodge on the brink of Snoqualmie Falls. Ever since, it has been difficult to take a picture of the Falls without this enormous hotel. The hotel may provide spectacular views for the people who stay there. But for many others, it is an eyesore built upon the sacred source of all creation.
Now there are plans to develop the forest land just across the highway from Snoqualmie Falls. These burial grounds are slated to be bulldozed, paved over and developed into another subdivision with nearly 200 homes and other development. This controversial project has already begun with the construction of a new roundabout at the intersection of Tokul Road and Mill Pond Road. For years, the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe has opposed efforts to build the roundabout over this sacred area. Despite these efforts, heavy equipment moved in July of 2015 to uproot trees and pave the way for construction.
The Snoqualmie Tribe supports responsible development and is a proud part of the local economy. But irresponsible development is another story. Developing sacred ground is irresponsible, and we will continue to fight it.Read More Read Less