So a little bit about myself. Yes, I am Native American. Which is a generic term for the Indigenous people of this country. along with Canada and Mexico. Something I wanted to share with you. Is that there are many tribes across the country.

For me, I am Nez Perce, Colville, Blackfoot, And enrolled with the Yakama Nation. These along with a lot of tribes across the country are federally recognized. What that means, I'm not that sure. I just know I have what's called an enrollment card. That comes with a few perks.

But a quick history lesson. About five hundred years ago. The Europeans came over here by boat. Some people say it started with the Vikings and others say this guy known as Columbus was found. Getting lost trying to find India. Hence why a lot of Indigenous people are called Indians. When in reality, it's whatever tribe they belonged to.

A few events happened such as the 'Trail of Tears' and 'The Battle of Little Bighorn'. The U.S. government moved Native Americans to what is known today as reservations, or what is known as the 'rez'. So that's the short version. Keep in mind a lot has happened in the past couple of centuries.

Like I mentioned before there are many tribes in the country. Each tribe has its own language and customs. The ones I mentioned that I'm apart of. Are located here in the Northwest.

There are several tribes in the state of Washington. And yes some of them have tribal casinos. Like the Yakama Nation has Legends Casino. located in Toppenish, Wa. So if you ever lost at a tribal casino, thanks for your donation.

Below is a list of the tribes here in the state of Washington. According to the website ais.washington.edu/nations-and-tribes-washington-state. This website has a link to most of these tribes' websites. So if you want to you can learn more about these tribes.

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  • Chinook Nation
  • Colville Nation
  • Chehalis
  • Yakama Nation
  • Cowlitz Tribe
  • Duwamish Tribe
  • Hoh Tribe
  • Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe
  • Lummi Nation
  • Makah Tribe
  • Muckleshoot Tribe
  • Nisqually Tribe
  • Nooksack Tribe
  • Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe
  • Puyallup Tribe
  • Quileute Tribe
  • Quinalt Nation
  • Samish Nation
  • Sauk-Suiattle Tribe
  • Shoalwater Bay Tribe
  • Skokomish Tribe
  • Snohomish Tribe
  • Snoqualmie Tribe
  • Snoqualmoo Nation
  • Spokane Tribe
  • Squaxin Tribe
  • Steilacoom Tribe
  • Stillaguamish Tribe
  • Suquamish Tribe
  • Swinomish tribe
  • Tulalip
  • Upper Skagit tribe