About the Puyallup Tribe

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians have lived along the shores of the Puget Sound in Washington State for thousands of years.

The people of the Puyallup Tribe have been known for “generous and welcoming behavior to all people who enter our lands.” Living off the waters of the Puyallup River fed by Mount Rainier, the Puyallup People fished, hunted, and traveled by these waters. Using the Western red cedar to make many things like homes, utensils, and canoes.

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The Puyallup Tribe's Regional Impact

As one of the most urban tribes in the United States, the Puyallup Tribe is committed to being a good neighbor. It is consistently one of the top 10 employers in Pierce County, it fights to protect the environment, its economic development projects create jobs, and it donates millions of dollars each year to charitable organizations through its Charity Trust Board and through donations made directly by the Puyallup Tribal Council.

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Department Spotlight


Tribal Occupational Safety and Health (TOSH) Director Kim Turnipseed and Administrative Assistant Edmond “Skip” Laugharn have been a constant in the department since its inception seven years ago.

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Puyallup Tribe's 2024 Super Bowl commercial

Discover the history and resilient spirit of the Puyallup Tribe in our latest commercial. From overcoming injustice to building thriving businesses dedicated to the greater good, this narrative celebrates our heritage and commitment to revitalization. Watch the journey as we soar to new heights, honor our legacy, and lead the charge in preserving our natural resources. Forever. And For all. Learn more about the Puyallup Tribe’s economic impact on the community.

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Emerald Queen Casino

Get ready for non-stop excitement at Emerald Queen Casino, owned and operated by the Puyallup Tribe of Indians.

If you’re looking for a Vegas style experience, our Emerald Queen Casino Tacoma location is for you. With over 2,100 slot machines, 60 table games, and the Pacific Northwest’s largest sportsbook, there’s never a dull moment. Our luxurious Tacoma hotel tower features 104 rooms and suites with stunning views of Mount Rainer and the Puget Sound. Take advantage of our fitness center, indoor pool, and spa, and dine in style at one of our six amazing restaurants, including the Slahal rooftop fine dining restaurant with mountain to sound panoramic views.

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