Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe

Elaine Grinnell is a storyteller representing her people, the Jamestown S’Klallam tribe. She maintains many roles as a wife, mother, grandmother, family and friend to many. Elaine calls her birthplace home -- the northwest corner of Washington State. In her story, Elaine describes how addictions have affected her people, the S’Klallam people. She shares stories of how her family found the strength to deny the power of addictions, and she shares how the tribe is working towards the task of supporting those finding themselves in the powerful grasp of addictions. Read Elaine’s account of how addictions are losing the war over control of her people, the S’Klallam people of Washington State.

History of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe

The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe is a group composed of several Salish communities who maintain social and cultural support, governance, commerce and natural resources in common.   The communities that make up this tribe are situated in the Northwest corner of Washington State, on the Olympic Peninsula along the eastern shore of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

The S’Klallam tribal name translates as “strong people” and indeed they are, as evidenced by the rich culture of their art, song, story, spirituality, traditional knowledge and social structure.  The S’Klallam people practice a purposeful and sustainable lifestyle, one that encourages and supports leadership, self-sufficiency, and self reliance.  Tribal members maintain a code of conduct throughout the S’Klallam community that serves as a basis for strength, pride and survival.

For additional information about the S’Klallam people and to learn more about the history of the tribe visit their Web site at: www.jamestowntribe.org.