Q: What is happening right now?
Construction on the new Tokul Road roundabout recently began on land where Snoqualmie Tribal ancestors have been buried for hundreds of generations—just feet away from Snoqualmie Falls, the center of our spirituality and our birthplace of creation. This development on our sacred land hurts our Tribe.
Q: How has the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe responded?
The Tribe has been fighting the roundabout construction since 2012 and we will continue to fight for the lands we hold sacred. In the coming weeks ahead, we will continue our work to educate the community on the sacredness of Snoqualmie Falls and the surrounding area, and we welcome support from our neighbors.
Q: Why is construction of the Tokul Road Roundabout a problem?
The Tokul Road Roundabout is being built on sacred ground where our ancestors have been buried for generations. Hundreds of acres of pristine wetland and forest have been clear cut and paved over to make room for intrusive development near Snoqualmie Falls.
Q: Where exactly is construction taking place?
This is not simply the construction of a new road—an entire hillside was clear-cut. We need to protect our clear waters sources, forestlands, and open spaces. The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe has always worked to be good stewards of our land and water. The City of Snoqualmie has a development agreement with the owners of the Salish Lodge and the new roundabout paves the way for the developers to build another hotel, convention center, and subdivision on this land and beyond, just north of the Salish Lodge. This unchecked development near our sacred sites is disrespectful.
Q. Is there archaeological monitoring going on at the construction site?
The Tribe has been doing everything they can to proactively monitor the Tokul roundabout project. However, the City of Snoqualmie has made it clear that the Tribe is not allowed on the site and could be charged with trespassing. The Tribe’s Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation continues to monitor the site as best they can, along with multiple other projects.
Q: What can I do to help?
We would encourage you to follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/savesnoqualmiefalls for more information and updates. Please write letters to your local newspaper and tell our elected officials to stop plans for development on land the Tribe holds sacred.