On Saturday, March 28th, United States Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) visited the Snoqualmie Falls with members of the Snoqualmie Tribal Council.

Senator Tester, who serves as the vice chair for the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, is known nationwide as a champion to tribes and tribal issues. He was greeted at the Snoqualmie Falls with a welcome song, and heard stories from Tribal leaders and elders about the importance of the Falls.

After hearing how the flow of the Falls has been diminished with water being diverted to a hydroelectric plant, Senator Tester wondered aloud how much more majestic the Falls would be if the entire river flow was sent over the Falls.

“When speaking about the Falls, we say ‘For All People, For All Time,’” Tribal Council Member Lois Sweet Dorman said. “It is our responsibility as Snoqualmie Tribal People to protect this sacred place for generations to come.”