Lord James Balch
In 1874, a band of S'Klallams under the leadership of Lord James Balch had raised $500 in gold coin and purchased a 210-acre plot on the shores of Dungeness Bay. The settlement was named Jamestown in honor of Lord James Balch.
From the Dance Plaza House Post Carvings - Dale Faulstich, Lead Carver and Designer.
Assistant Carvers: Nathan Gilles and Ed Charles. Volunteer carvers: Harry Burlingone and Don Walsh.

S'Klallam Tribe

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Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe Programs


The Department of Administration provides a wide variety of management services to the Tribal staff as well as administering several programs which directly benefit our Tribal citizens. The department seeks to formalize and solidify Tribal goals and accompanying objectives and provide stability in continued growth of Tribal programs, services, infrastructure and facilities.


Economic Development

The Economic Development Authority, (EDA) was formed in 2005 as a political subdivision of the Jamestown SíKlallam Tribe. The EDA was created to oversee the businesses owned by the Jamestown SíKlallam Tribe and develop additional enterprises to assist the Tribe in becoming economically self-sufficient.



Health Department

The mission of the HHS program is to enhance the health, social strength and self-reliance of the Jamestown SíKlallam Tribe; to advance the Jamestown SíKlallam community through education, advocacy, social and health services; and to serve the unique needs of the Tribal Community with professionalism, integrity, creativity and cultural sensitivity.


Human Resources

Human Resource (HR) management which involves recruiting people for positions with the Tribe. An Indian preference policy is in place. The Tribe sets professional qualifications standards for each position and hires the most qualified applicant. Retention of employees is an important management, as well as financial consideration in HR relations. Employee benefits, training opportunities and flex-time schedules are examples of how we attract and retain valuable employees.


Natural Resources

The mission of the Natural Resources Department is to protect treaty rights of the natural resources of the Point No Point Treaty area for the benefit of Jamestown SíKlallam Tribal citizens and future descendants. In this capacity; the Department is charged with ensuring the orderly harvest of fish, shellfish and wildlife resources, providing opportunities for Tribal citizens to derive subsistence and/or livelihood from the harvest of these resources, increasing opportunity through restoration, enhancement and scientific study, and reversing the decline of these resources resulting from environmental degradation.



The Planning Program focuses primarily on the long-range development of projects and activities identified in the Tribal Comprehensive Plan. Planning staff work with all Tribal departments to articulate program needs, goals and outcomes and to secure funding enhancements as opportunities become available.


Self Governance

Self-Governance is premised on the government-to-government relationship that exists between Indian Tribes and the United States as sovereign nations. Indian Tribes have always been recognized as independent sovereign nations with the authority to conduct their affairs under their inherent powers. In 1988, Congress authorized a demonstration project called Self-Governance which allowed for many programs and services formally administered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to be transferred to the Tribes themselves. The Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe was one of the first seven Tribes in the nation to participate in this project.


Social & Community Services

The Jamestown S'Klallam seeks to be self sufficient and to provide quality governmental programs and services to address the unique social, cultural, natural resource and economic needs of our people.  These programs and services must be managed while preserving, restoring and sustaining our Indian heritage and ensuring community continuity.

Tribal Gaming Authority

The Jamestown S'Klallam Tribal Council has the primary responsibility for the regulation, control and security of the gaming operations. The Tribal Council has delegated some of the responsibilities to the Tribal Gaming Authority (TGA). The TGA is constituted as a regulatory entity of the Tribal government, subject to its jurisdiction and laws.


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