Blyn, Sequim Bay

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Blyn, Sequim Bay

by | Jul 16, 2019

Blyn is a coastal community located on the south shore of Sequim Bay, at the southwest corner of the Miller Peninsula, about 7 miles (11 km) southeast from the city of Sequim, Washington. The area includes the Jamestown S’Klallam Indian Reservation that was established in 1874. The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe is a federally recognized tribe of the S’Klallam or Klallam, the name derived from “nuxsklai’yem” in the Salish language meaning “strong people”.

The Jamestown S’Klallam Indian Reservation has an area of only 13.49 acres (5.5 ha) in Blyn and along U.S. Route 101 that leads northwest 6 miles (10 km) to Sequim and east 11 miles (18 km) to the south end of Discovery Bay. This is the location of the tribal government administration in the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Center, the Seven Cedars Casino, and the Longhouse Market. In addition, the Tribe also owns more than 1,000 acres (405 ha) of nearby land.

The S’Klallams inhabited this area for millennia and possess a rich social and religious culture based on the abundant natural resources of the Northwest Coast. Contact with Europeans began in the 1700s and increased in the 1800s, after the establishment of Hudson’s Bay Company trading posts. The S’Klallam people traded at Fort Langley, Fort Nisqually, and Fort Victoria, which were established in the 1820s, 1830s, and 1840s, respectively. The S’Klallam Tribe entered into the Point No Point Treaty with the United States in 1855 but remained in their traditional areas. In 1874, the S’Klallams from the village at Dungeness privately purchased 210 acres (85 ha) of land, establishing Jamestown and supported themselves by gardening, farming, fishing, and working in lumber mills. Beginning in the 1950s, the three S’Klallam Tribes combined to litigate land claims and fishing rights granted in the Point No Point Treaty. The Jamestown Tribe received federal recognition on February 10, 1981, and since then has pursued land acquisition and economic development, and health and social services for tribal members. Read more here and here. Explore more of Blyn here:

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