An original signatory of the Treaty of Point Elliott, the Upper Skagit people are descended from a tribe with eleven separate villages on the Upper Skagit and Sauk Rivers in Washington State. Our ancestors eventually consolidated, but a separate reservation was not originally established, and some tribal members had to reside on other reservations, primarily Swinomish. It was not until September 10, 1981, that the Upper Skagit Reservation was established.
The Upper Skagit Tribal Council is the governing body of the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe. They have established departments for carrying out governmental responsibilities including Administration, Membership Services, Health Services, Education, Environmental Planning and Community Development, Elder Programs, Housing, Recreation, Facilities and Public Works, Law Enforcement, Tribal Court, Office of Tribal Attorney and Natural Resources.