In 1976 the Squaxin Island Tribe purchased the Kamilche Valley School which became its first official Tribal Center, police headquarters and Kamilche Trading Post (a convenience grocery and gas station). Shortly thereafter the Tribe purchased Harstine Oyster Company (now Salish Seafoods) which includes 5 acres of uplands and 5 acres of tidelands on Harstine Island. Pristine Squaxin Island, a quick skip across Peale Passage from Salish Seafoods, remains the primary growing area.
The Tribe created Island Enterprises, Inc. to carry out economic development functions for job creation and to generate revenues to support essential government programs and services. Subsidiaries and related businesses now include several Trading Post gas stations and convenience stores, Salish Seafoods, the Ta-Qwo-Ma Business Development Center, Skookum Creek Tobacco Company, Skookum Creek Distributing, SI Distribution, and Island Search & Consulting.
Corporate Executive Officer – Dave Johns
Corporate Financial Officer – Richard Sweeney
Island Enterprises, Inc.
3591 SE Old Olympic Highway
Shelton, WA 98584