Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe

The Strong People

“S’Klallam” is a Salish term for “The Strong People.”
Our history shows that we have always been self-reliant and determined to forge our own path. In 1855, the S’Klallam leaders signed a treaty with the Federal government with the understanding that they would always be able to hunt, fish and gather in their “usual and accustomed” grounds. As increasing numbers of non-Indian settlers began to arrive in the area desiring the same abundant lands and waters that were so important to the S’Klallam people, the S’Klallam people living in the Dungeness area decided that in order to survive, they had to adopt a new value system that included property ownership.
In 1874, under the leadership of Tribal citizen Lord James Balch, they pooled $500 in gold coins and purchased the 210-acres along the Strait of Juan de Fuca, now called Jamestown. This provided a geographical center for group identity and independence, and was the start of the Jamestown S’Klallam community.
Our vision is to preserve and enhance the Jamestown S’Klallam Nation’s historical and cultural identity as a strong, proud and self-reliant community while protecting and sustaining our tribal sovereignty, self-governing authority, homelands and treaty rights.

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Events & Announcements

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Election Results for Tribal Council 2023

TRIBAL CHAIRPERSON W. Ron Allen                       Votes 127 Ricky Johnson   ...

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Pesticide General Permit

The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe (Tribe) received notice from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the agency is in the process...

Volunteers of the Year – 2023 – Greg and Vince Prince

Nominate a Volunteer of the Year (Form) Honored by the Tribal Council in 2023 Greg and Vince Prince were named ...

12th Annual Tribal Holiday Craft Fair

Date: Saturday, November 4th, 2023 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Place: Blyn Bay and Cedar Rooms, 7 Cedars Hotel...

Environmental Review for Activity/Project – JST COVID-19 Emergency Housing

Project Name:  JST COVID-19 Emergency Housing. Description of proposed project: Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe will use awarded HUD ICDBG-ARP funds to...


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Tribal Government


Tribal Council

The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe is governed by a five-member Tribal Council elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. All enrolled Tribal members over the age of 18 years are eligible to vote and run for office. Tribal governmental programs receive overall direction from the Tribal Council through the Chief Executive Officer. The Tribe has strong and stable leadership. Tribal Chair/Chief Executive Officer W. Ron Allen has been the Tribal leader since the tribe was recognized by the Federal government in 1981.

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Tribal Government Documents

A selection of the Tribe’s governing an planning documents are available online. Browse the Comprehensive Plan, Tribal Constitution, the Treaty of 1855 and more…

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History & Culture

Bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north, and by Hood Canal to the east, Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula has always been a rural area whose residents have been dependent on local resources. The location is remote and scenic, with more than 200 miles of rugged coastline, which has long been the place of many S’Klallam villages.
Inhabiting this area for more than 10,000 years, the S’Klallams possessed a rich social and religious culture based on the abundant natural resources of the Northwest Coast. They moved from village to village in their traditional territory during the spring, summer and fall, for fishing and resource gathering, and settled into more permanent longhouses for the winter months. The inhabitants hunted game and subsisted on the wealth of shellfish, herring, and salmon. They were craftspeople skilled in woodcarving and basket making, and they fashioned ceremonial masks, serving dishes and utensils, and storage boxes from cedar, and woven mats, rope, and clothing from cedar bark.
The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe is one of three S’Klallam bands; the others are the Lower Elwha Klallam and the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribes.
S’Klallam contact with Europeans began in the 1700s and increased in the 1800s, after the establishment of Hudson’s Bay Company trading posts in the Northwest. The S’Klallam people traded at Fort Langley, Fort Nisqually, and Fort Victoria, which were established in the 1820s, 1830s, and 1840s, respectively.

A century later, after a six-year effort to receive official recognition as a tribe, the United States Department of the Interior granted them such recognition on February 10, 1981.

House of Seven Generations

The history of our people is being digitally preserved for generations to come. Visit the online Collections at the House of Seven Generations…MORE

Jamestown Tribal Library

Our collection specializes in Native American authors and topics, both historical and contemporary…MORE

Jamestown History

The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe has long been recognized as a progressive Tribe, now wholeheartedly rooted in the 21st century, but with a deep connection to their traditional resources, history and culture, which inform the present and serve as the foundation of their success…MORE


Tribal Enterprises

The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe oversees a number of Tribal and Resort Enterprises to assist the Tribe, its citizens and their families in achieving stable, long-term, economic self-sufficiency.  Our Enterprise goal is to create a stable economic foundation centered on the pursuit of for-profit ventures.  We strive to create a sustainable revenue stream to support essential governmental services provided by the Tribe while providing employment opportunities to our Tribal citizens and the local community.