Tribal Codes

Constitution of the Snoqualmie Tribe of Indians

We, the Indians of the Snoqualmie Tribe, being the direct descendants of the signatories of the Governor Steven’s Point Elliott Treaty of 1855, for the purpose of securing the rights and powers inherent in our sovereign status and guaranteed to us by the Point Elliott Treaty of 1855, structuring our Tribal government, governing our Tribal people, securing our aboriginal rights and privileges, preserving our culture and traditions, fostering justice and freedom, and advancing our mutual welfare, do hereby approve and adopt this constitution.

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Alcoholic Beverages Act 8.3

The purpose of this Chapter is to regulate and control the possession and sale of liquor on the Snoqualmie Tribe’s Trust Land.

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Arbitration Act 3.3

It is the purpose of this Chapter to authorize the arbitration of disputes in contractual agreements and to provide for the enforcement of agreements to arbitrate, and resulting arbitration awards, by the dispute resolution body of the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe, whether a Tribal Court, the Snoqualmie Tribal Council, or other body or forum.

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Audit Committee Act 14.2

The purpose of the Snoqualmie Audit Committee is to assist the Snoqualmie Tribal Council in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities for the financial reporting process, the system of internal control over financial reporting, the audit process, the Tribe’s process for monitoring compliance with laws and regulations and the Tribe’s code of conduct.

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Cigarette Tax Act 4.1

The purpose of this Chapter is to regular the sale of cigarettes on Snoqualmie Tribal lands to protect the health and well being of Tribal members as well as visitors to Snoqualmie Tribal lands.  The Tribal Council finds that imposing a tax on the sale of cigarettes on Snoqualmie Tribal lands is necessary and essential to the Tribe’s ability to provide goods and services to its members.

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Codification Statute 1.1

The purpose of this Chapter is to provide for the compilation and organization of statues adopter by the Snoqualmie Tribal Council into a single Tribal code, known as the Snoqualmie Tribal Code, that contains the laws of the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe that are valid and in effect as of the date of the codification.

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Commercial Marijuana Activity Act 8.9

The purpose of this Chapter is to establish a legal framework for the producing, processing, and retail sale of marijuana and marijuana derived products.

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Community Corrections Department Act 7.2

The purpose of this Chapter is to enact provisions of law that establish a Community Corrections Department and define its scope of authority.

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Construction Act 8.5

This Chapter shall be known as the Snoqualmie Tribal Construction Code.

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Criminal Code Act 7.1

The purposes of this Chapter include but are not limited to:

  • Protect Snoqualmie Tribal Members and visitors to the Snoqualmie Indian Reservation, especial youth and elders, from being the victims of criminal offenses;
  • Promote the health, safety and general welfare of Snoqualmie Tribal members and visitors to the Snoqualmie Indian Reservation;
  • Provide for the fair and just determination of every criminal proceeding initiated under this Chapter;
  • Protect the rights of individuals, including victims and those charged with committing offenses under this Chapter;
  • Give fair warning to Tribal members and visitors to the Snoqualmie Indian Reservation of what constitutes a criminal offense under Snoqualmie Tribal law;
  • Define clearly the conduct and mental state that constitute offenses under this Chapter;
  • Establish penalties that are proportionate to the seriousness of the offense and that facilitate, to the extend possible, the rehabilitation of offenders while taking into account the need of the Tribal community for healing and protection from offenders, and
  • Prevent the unfair, arbitrary and/or oppressive treatment of individuals convicted of offense under this Chapter.

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Cultural Resources Protection Act 11.1

Is is the policy of the Snoqualmie Tribal Council to protect traditional cultural resources of the Tribe by establishing a preservation program to identify, evaluate, and protect cultural, historic, and archaeological resources associated with the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe and by regulating the undertakings on Snoqualmie Tribal Lands when they may result in changes in the character or use of such cultural resources.

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Elections Act 2.2

The purpose of this Chapter is to establish fair and uniform policies and procedures for the conduct and management of Tribal elections.

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Emergency Management Act 10.1

The purpose of this Chapter is to create the Snoqualmie Tribe Emergency Management Department to carry out emergency management and homeland security functions, and to provide for the preparation and implementation of a Comprehensive Tribal Emergency Management Plan to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from injury and damage to persons or property resulting from emergencies or disasters, whether natural or man-made.

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Enrollment Act 2.3

The purpose of this chapter is to establish enrollment policies and procedures to implement Article II of the Snoqualmie Tribal Constitution.

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Fireworks Act 8.8

The purposes of this Chapter are:

  • To provide for the safe and orderly use of fireworks used on Snoqualmie Tribal Lands, and in other areas served by Tribal businesses offering fireworks for sale;
  • To regulate the sale of fireworks for the welfare of all members of the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe;
  • To generate revenue for the operation of the Snoqualmie Tribal Government; and
  • To assert the Tribe’s sovereign authority to regulate the sale and use of fireworks on Snoqualmie Tribal lands.

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Foreign Court Orders Act 3.4

The purpose of this Chapter is to establish procedures for the recognition and enforcement of foreign court orders on Snoqualmie Tribal lands. Because the Tribe is a sovereign government that has not generally submitted to the jurisdiction of foreign courts, the Tribe is not legally obligated to comply with orders issued by foreign courts. However, pursuant to this Chapter, the Snoqualmie Tribal Court shall henceforth have the authority to give full faith and credit to certain orders from foreign jurisdictions.

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Fuel Taxation and Regulation Act 4.3

The purpose of this Act is to regulate the purchase and sale of all fuel on Snoqualmie Tribal lands for the benefit of the Tribe and its members. The Act shall be carried out in a manner consistent with the Tribe’s inherent sovereign authority, the Snoqualmie Tribal Constitution, Snoqualmie Tribal Codes and the Agreement Concerning Taxation of Motor Vehicle Fuel and Special Fuel between the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe and the State of Washington.

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Gaming Act

The Tribal Council of the Snoqualmie Tribe, empowered by the Tribe’s Constitution to enact laws, hereby enacts this Tribal Gaming Act in order to govern and regulate the operation of Class II and Class III Gaming on the Tribe’s Indian Lands.

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Health and Human Services Act 13.1

The Snoqualmie Tribal Council has determined that the promotion and protection of the public health of its members is an essential duty of Tribal government and appropriate for legislative action pursuant to the Tribal Constitution.

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Hiring Policies and Procedures Act 5.5

This Chapter shall be known as the Snoqualmie Tribal Hiring Policies and Procedures Act, and shall be codified as Title 5, Chapter 5 of the Snoqualmie Tribal Code.

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Impact Mitigation Fund Act 14.7

The purpose of this Chapter is to create a separate Tribal governmental fund, known as the Impact Mitigation Fund, for the purpose of providing assistance to law enforcement, emergency services, and/or service agencies impacted by the existence and operation of the Snoqualmie Casino.

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Indian Child Welfare Act 13.2

The purpose of this Chapter is to preserve and strengthen families of the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe to the greatest extent possible, to preserve and strengthen a Tribal child’s cultural and ethnic identify, and to secure for any Tribal child removed from his home that care, guidance, and love as nearly equivalent as that which he or she should have been given by his or her parents to help him develop into a responsible, well-adjusted member of the Tribal community.

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Judiciary Act 3.1

The purpose of this Chapter is to create a fair and impartial judicial system to interpret and apply the laws and constitution of the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe.

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Motor Vehicle Licensing Act 5.4

The purpose of this Chapter is to facilitate the exercise of the Tribe’s various sovereign powers. Many Tribal governmental services require travel off of Snoqualmie Tribal lands in Tribally-owned vehicles. Tribal government officials frequently are obligated to travel in Tribally-owned vehicles to meet with federal, state and Tribal representatives for government service. This Chapter is necessary in order to ensure the full use and safety of public roadways used for Snoqualmie Tribal governmental purposes.

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National Flood Insurance Program Act 10.2

The purpose of this Chapter is to promote the public health, safety, and general welfare of Snoqualmie Tribal members; to reduce the annual cost of flood insurance; and to minimize public and private losses due to flood conditions in specific areas.

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Nonprofit Corporations Act 8.6

The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe desires to establish a statutory and regulatory structure for the creation of nonprofit corporations under its Tribal Laws.

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Patron Disputes Act 8.4

This Chapter shall be known as the Snoqualmie Tribal Patron Disputes Act.

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Public Records Act 5.3

The purpose of this Chapter is to establish a legal framework for the receipt, care, custody, and administration of the official records of the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe.

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Retail, Food & Beverage Sales Tax Act 4.2

The purpose of this Chapter is to regular the sale of tangible personal property, and food and beverages on Snoqualmie Tribal Lands to protect the health and wellbeing of Tribal members as well as visitors to Snoqualmie Tribal Lands. The Tribal Council finds that imposing a tax on the sale of tangible personal property, and food and beverages by a Tribal Retailer on Snoqualmie Tribal Lands is necessary and essential to the Tribe’s ability to provide goods and services to its members and provide a portion of the revenues necessary to fund essential governmental functions.

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Rules of Court Act 3.2

The purpose of this Chapter is to establish rules of court procedures to govern the operations of the Snoqualmie Tribal Court.

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Secured Transactions Act 14.3

The purpose of this Chapter is to recognize that under the last of the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe, a federally recognized Indian tribe, except as otherwise provided in this Chapter, secured parties shall have the same rights with respect to collateral subject to the sovereign authority of the Tribe as would exist if all aspects of the security interest has been government by the Washington Uniform Commercial Code, without regard to the choice of law principles set forth therein.

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Snoqualmie Entertainment Authority Act 8.2

The purpose of this Chapter are as follows:

  • To codify the Tribe’s existing ownership, management and supervisory authority over the Gaming Business and the Gaming Assets, which is exercised by the Tribal Council on behalf of the Tribe.
  • To confirm that the Tribe’s ownership, management and supervisory authority over the Gaming Business and the Gaming Assets will continue to be exercised by and through the Tribal Council on behalf of the Tribe.
  • To establish, as a governmental instrumentality of the Tribe, a Snoqualmie Entertainment Authority which shall have all of the privileges and immunities of the Tribe, and shall be delegated the authority to exercise the Tribe’s ownership, management and supervision of the Gaming Business and the Gaming Assets.
  • To establish that the board of directors of the Authority shall consist of members of the Tribal Council, which members shall manage the Gaming Business and the Gaming Assets.

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Snoqualmie Tribal Code Committee Act 1.2

The Snoqualmie Tribal Council finds that it is an essential duty of Tribal government to draft new Tribal laws and memorialize in written form existing Tribal traditions and customs so that Tribal members and others who do business with the Tribe are aware of the Tribal laws that apply to Tribal activities.

Because the development and amendment of Tribal laws is such a critical component of Tribal sovereignty, the Snoqualmie Tribal Council finds that it is essential to ensure representation from all families with the Tribe to promote, preserve and protect the public health and safety of the entire Tribal membership through equal political representation on the Snoqualmie Tribal Code Committee.

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Snoqualmie Tribal Council Procedures Act 2.1

The purpose of this Chapter is to enact provisions of law that establish and define the procedures of the Tribal Council.

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Solid Waste Management Act 6.2

The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe desires to manage the disposal of solid waste on Snoqualmie Tribal lands and at Snoqualmie Tribal facilities by creative a Solid Waste Management Program (SWMP), including the establishment of a recycling program and the reduction of waste stream.

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Surface Water Act 6.1

The Tribe desires to protect the environmental integrity of the surface water resources found on or within Snoqualmie Tribal lands. By adopting a Water Resources Management Program, the Tribe intends to protect public health and welfare, enhance the quality of water resources on Snoqualmie Tribal lands, provide for the protection and propagation of fish, shellfish, and wildlife, provide for recreation and cultural uses of water, and to carry out the purposes of the Federal Clean Water Act.

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Tort Claims Act 8.7

The purpose of this Chapter is to outline and define the scope of the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe’s civil tort liability for tort claims that may arise due to actions and incidents on Snoqualmie Tribal lands, or action and incidents associated with the delivery of services by the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe. This Chapter also sets forth the exclusive manner in which tort claims involving the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe shall be filed, administered and adjudicated.

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Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance (TERO) Act 5.1

The Snoqualmie Tribal Council finds that employment discrimination against Indians persists on ancestral lands of the Snoqualmie people despite a large number of Indian and non-Indian owned businesses employing skilled and non-skilled works. The Tribal Council further finds that jobs in businesses and other economic opportunities on traditional tribal lands and reservation lands are important resources to which Indians have unique preferential rights. Therefore, to implement the unique employment rights of Indians, the Snoqualmie Tribal Council establishes a Tribal Employment Rights Commission and TERO Program to achieve its goals and policies towards exercising the unique employment rights of Indians.

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Tribal Finance Act 14.1

The purpose of this Chapter is to enact Tribal requirements for the management of the financial functions for the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe.

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Workers Compensation Act 5.2

The purpose of this Chapter is to establish the rights and benefits of employees of the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe for on-the-job bodily injuries that are caused by accident or occupational disease as defined in this Chapter.

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