A Case Study: Harnessing Resources, Creating Partnerships | Indian Gaming & Diversification by the Tulalip Tribes of Washington


Through the various provisions of the Stevens treaties, the Tulalip Reservation—which was expanded by Executive Order in 1873—is now home to members of the Snohomish, Snoqualmie, Skagit, Suiattle, Samish and Stillaguamish tribes and allied bands.7 The current tribal government at Tulalip is organized under Section 16 of the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934. 8 Today, the Tulalip Reservation covers roughly 23,000 acres, over half of which is held in trust by the federal government on behalf of the Tribes. The Tulalip Reservation possesses considerable natural resources, including marine waters, tidelands, fresh water creeks and lakes, wetlands, forests, and developable land.9 The location of the Reservation—close to a major transportation artery (Interstate 5), a short distance north of Seattle and adjacent to Marysville, Washington—also has proven to be a major benefit, as is now evident in the available market for the Tribes’ gaming and retail enterprises. 

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