The Governor of the State of Washington declared a State of Emergency in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on February 29, 2020, and, on March 11, 2020, issued Proclamation 20-07 limiting public gatherings in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties. On March 11, 2020, the Snoqualmie Tribal Council passed Resolution 39-2020 declaring a Tribal State of Emergency related to COVID-19. On March 23, 2020, the Governor of the State of Washington issued a “Stay Home” order that prohibits all public gatherings and directs the citizens of the State of Washington to stay home until at least April 6, 2020.
Article III, Section 3(a) of Constitution of the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe requires the Annual Meeting of the General Council and elections take place in May of each year. The Snoqualmie Tribal Council believes that holding the Annual Meeting as scheduled on May 9, 2020, would pose an unacceptable risk to the health, safety, and welfare of Snoqualmie Tribal members, Tribal staff and Snoqualmie Casino employees, and would run counter to the social distancing protective measures instituted by the Tribe and State authorities that we expect will remain in place in some form in early May.
Therefore, the Snoqualmie Tribal Council is postponing and rescheduling the Annual Meeting of the General Council and elections until May 30, 2020 to protect the health, safety, and welfare of Tribal members.
A copy of the full letter has been mailed to all Tribal Members.