The Tulalip Tribes, et al., v. the State of Washington, et al.

HRA senior historian Ian Smith submitted an expert historical report and provided deposition testimony in federal court proceedings in June 2017 in this case. The ongoing litigation involves the taxation of business activities on Indian trust lands within the boundaries of the Tulalip Indian Reservation in the tribally chartered and federally recognized municipality of Quil Ceda Village. Mr. Smith’s report and testimony analyzed the congressional intent behind the passage of a series of laws dating from the eighteenth century through the twentieth century, as well as the history of land use and federal and tribal activities within the present-day Quil Ceda Village. The case is currently pending before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in Seattle.