Courtesy Snoqualmie Tribe
Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Snoqualmie Tribal Council members discuss concerns of the dwindling water flow at the Snoqualmie Falls.

Sen. Tester Hears Tribal Concerns About Snoqualmie Falls


United States Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), vice chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, visited the Snoqualmie Falls with members of the Snoqualmie Tribal Council on March 28.

Tester has been known as a champion to tribes and tribal issues throughout the country. Upon his visit, the senator was greeted with a welcome song, and heard stories from tribal leaders and elders about the importance of the Falls.

The Falls flow rate has been diminished due to water being diverted to a hydroelectric plant.

“When speaking about the Falls, we say ‘For All People, For All Time,’” Tribal Council Member Lois Sweet Dorman said. “It is our responsibility as Snoqualmie tribal people to protect this sacred place for generations to come.”

The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe is a Washington state federally recognized tribe that calls the Puget Sound area home. The tribe is known as the People of the Moon and its tribal members were signatories to the Treaty of Point Elliot in 1855

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