Dedication & Opening


On May 17, 2010, a historic co-management agreement was signed between the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission to jointly acquire Kiket Island (including Flagstaff Point) and an adjacent nine acre parcel on Fidalgo Island, and to work in partnership to develop, operate, and maintain the islands and associated tidelands as a unit of Deception Pass State Park. This was celebrated with with a gathering on July 30th, 2010 inviting all those involved to visit the newly chistened Preserve including then Washington Govenor Christine Gregoire.



On June 16, 2014, Kukutali Preserve was officially opened to the public, marking the success of the first four years of a significant and mutually beneficial pact between the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. More important, it symbolizes a coming of full circle for the Swinomish people, who now have access to traditional lands and tidelands and can, once again, guide the stewardship and protection of Kukutali for future generations.


Opening Ceremony & Ceremonial Tree Planting
“It is a great day. It is a great day because we like making history, it’s good to make history and be part of history, this is the first in the United States….It is a real milestone to be able to say that Swinomish and the State of Washington will have the first co-owned and operated Tribal state park in the nation.”

“It was very tough negotiations, it was in December one year, we threw up our hands because it wasn’t going to go through… but we weren’t going to let this opportunity slip by.. and this [Preserve] is the fruits of our labor. Even through tough financial times, we’re come together to find a way to make sure we have the personnel in place to make this the greatest State Park on Swinomish… It’s the only State Park on Swinomish! It’s going to be great once start inviting visitors down here to witness and to see the beauty that we’ve seen here forever. We’ve created a great relationship with The State, TPL and the Tribe along with the Commission and State Parks people, it’s been great."

"Alot of people as time goes on will not realize, they will have no understanding about those original few who were at the table making sure this [Preserve] became a reality. That’s okay, It’s not about what they say about us or remember about us, it’s about what our kids, grandkids and the  7th generation are going to be able to witness, experience, and share right out here.”

"On behalf of my Senate… we want to thank all of you and look forward to some of you coming back to enjoy this place.. it wouldn’t have been possible with a lot of people coming together to make sure that this dream became a reality. So on behalf of Swinomish Tribe, I raise my hands to you, oseum!”
-Brian Cladoosby, Chair Swinomish Senate

On June 8, 2018, the final ammenities including the picnic shelter, interpretive signs, and restrooms were dedicated marking the end of many years of Kukutali Preserve development.


Dedication & Opening


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