This tribe’s reservation is a land of magnificent forests, swift-flowing rivers, gleaming lakes and 23 miles (37 kilometers) of unspoiled Pacific coastline. Its boundaries enclose over 208,150 acres (84,271 hectares) of some of the most productive conifer forest lands in the United States. Located on the southwestern corner of the Olympic Peninsula, its rain-drenched lands embrace a wealth of natural resources. Conifer forests of western red cedar, western hemlock, Sitka spruce, Douglas fir, Pacific silver fir and lodgepole pine dominate upland sites. In contrast, extensive stands of hardwoods, such as red alder and Pacific cottonwood, can be found in the river valleys. Roosevelt elk, black bear, blacktail deer, bald eagle, cougar and many other animals make these forests their home.
Historically, this tribe lived in family groups in riverside longhouses, sustained by the land and trade with neighboring tribes. Superb salmon runs, abundant sea mammals, wildlife and forests supplied them. They maintained a great store of knowledge about plants and their uses.
Today, these people remember their past while employing modern principles. They encourage individuals to develop businesses, and they maintain many of their enterprises.