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5/7/2009--Snoqualmie, WA, USA..Snoqualmie tribal administrator Matt Mattson, in the tribe's office talking with Ray Mullen (right). Mattson, a white guy from upstate New York was initially hired on as an attorney--and the tribe's first non-native employee--in 2000 just after re-acknowledgement of the tribe. ..The Snoqualmies--who once dominated Western Washington, controlling the all-important trade route through the Cascades to the sea-- wasn't even recognized by the federal government and had no reservation or land of its own. Their quest for government recognition took decades--years in which they pieced together enough evidence of cohesion to convince the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to recognize them as a "domestic sovereign nation" under federal law--a designation they had lost in 1952 (see sidebar). When they were finally granted this status in 1999, the tribe embarked on a quest to makes its dreams--a reservation that tribal members could call home, world-class health care for Snoqualmies and other Northwest natives, and access to as much education as any individual tribal members would want to pursue--come true...©2009 Stuart Isett. All rights reserved.