The hereditary chief of the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe issued an apology yesterday for the resolution recently signed by the tribal council to legalize marijuana. The resolution was intended as a “tongue-in-cheek” gesture for when Willie Nelson performs at the western Washington-based Snoqualmie Casino on July 30.
The resolution passed 4-2 Thursday for the upcoming sold-out concert.
Hereditary Chief Jerry J. Kanim Enick noted the resolution was made without his knowledge. He said making a joke of a tribal law “goes against all native values and morals and has brought great shame and embarrassment upon our people, our leadership and our great nation.”
In addition to apologizing to all American Indians and people, he specifically gave his regrets to Raging River, the tribe’s substance recovery center in North Bend, Washington, and The Snoqualmie Canoe Family, a youth mentoring and prevention program, Jon Jenkins, the chief executive officer of the Snoqualmie Casino, and all casino and tribal employees, “including Mr. Willie Nelson and his cast and crew for the flagrant irresponsibility and incompetence of the sitting Snoqualmie Tribal Council, the Tribal Administrator and the Tribe’s Legal.”