Snoqualmie Tribe Remembers Esteemed Member Harriet Estelle Turner

Harriet Estelle Turner

Harriet Estelle Turner

SNOQUALMIE, WASHINGTON – The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe shares the passing of an instrumental member of its Tribe. Harriet Turner was a beloved Elder and Honorary Snoqualmie Indian Tribal Member. Along with her lifelong support and interest in her community, she was pivotal in the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe’s Re-Recognition by the Federal Government in 1997, which was finalized in 1999. She supported the Tribe’s efforts in protecting Sacred Snoqualmie Falls.  Of special interest was establishing the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe’s traditional fishing rights.

Harriet had a passion for history and anthropology, especially that of the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe. In the 1970s she interviewed several Snoqualmie Tribal Elders and subsequently wrote a book “Ethnozoology of the Snoqualmie” which was published in 1976.  The research Harriet conducted and subsequently published was instrumental in the Tribe’s Re-Recognition.  In 1999, after 46 years of petitioning, the Snoqualmie received re-recognition based on the evidence that they had maintained a continuous community from historical times to the present, helped in part by Harriet’s work.

The Snoqualmie, the People of the Moon, have been slowly but steadily reclaiming their homelands. The Snoqualmie, one of the many tribes who make up the larger group of Coast Salish peoples, have historically lived in the Salish Sea region. Since time immemorial, the Snoqualmie hunted deer, elk, and other game animals, fished for salmon, and gathered berries and wild plants for food and medicinal purpose in the region. Snoqualmie Falls remains the center of the Tribe’s spiritual traditions and is regarded by the Tribe as its birthplace.

Harriet was born in Seattle, Washington in 1920, and lived for most of her life in Seattle.  She attended Roosevelt High School and the University of Washington, where she received a Master’s Degree in Anthropology.  She is preceded in death by her parents Charles, and Stella Turner.  She is survived by her brother Charles Turner of Seattle, Washington and her daughter Diana Turner and granddaughter Marina Ohlmann of Sequim, Washington.

The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe is a federally recognized tribe in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. Known as the People of the Moon, Snoqualmie tribal members were signatories to the Treaty of Point Elliott in 1855. The Tribe owns and operates the Snoqualmie Casino in Snoqualmie, Washington. For more information, visit


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