Lummi Nation Purchase of Loomis Trail Golf Course Restores Ancestral Homelands, Creates Economic Opportunity

A recent purchase of Loomis Trail Golf Course returns ancestral homelands to the Lummi Nation and strengthens tribal economic development.

Chairman Jay Julius and Councilmen Nick Lewis and Victor Johnson raise the Lummi flag at Loomis (Courtesy Lummi Nation)

Lummi Golf Venture manages the course, overseen by the Lummi Commercial Company (LCC) Board of Directors, which is also responsible for the oversight of Silver Reef Casino and other tribal enterprises.

“Weddings and community gatherings will be a priority at Loomis,” the Lummi Nation Economic Development team wrote in an email to Native Business Magazine.

Weaving along California Creek in Blaine, Washington, Loomis Trail Golf Club was once home to the Semiahmah people. Long ago, the people who lived at this village dug clams in the tide flats of Drayton Harbor, hunted ducks with raised duck nets, and gathered camas in prairies near the winter villages. In the fall, the people either gaffed or set a weir trap for salmon in Dakota and California Creeks. To the descendants of the Semiahmah people, this is not a real estate investment. This acquisition is one step toward reclaiming the tribe’s original territory.

“This is much more than a golf course. Loomis Trail land holding is within our St’l’elnep, our ancient ground or village,” said Chairman Julius. “Loomis Trail, Dakota Creek, California Creek and the surrounding areas were very important to our ancestors, and therefore they are very important to the history of our people. Acquiring 180 acres of our St’l’elnep is something that we can all be proud of, on behalf of our past, present and future Lummi people. We must always remain connected to the values of our ancestors. These values were always at the center of how our past leaders conducted themselves and made decisions. They paved the way for our people, and have provided us with amazing opportunities such as this.”

The Lummi Nation intends to commission art work and symbols for the golf course that recreate what life was like in this area during pre-colonial times.

“Long ago, there were prairies with camas fields in this area; we would like to see camas planted throughout the course. Fisherman would gaff and set weir traps for salmon in the nearby creeks. We would like those traditional fishing methods to be represented at the course. We will honor the memory of the Semiahmah people,” Lummi Nation representatives wrote to Native Business Magazine.

Clubhouse banquet room (Courtesy Lummi Nation)

Integrating their marketing and promotional strategy, now The Silver Reef Casino is offering specials for Silver Reef player’s club members. They will receive immediate discounts on green fees and the resort is planning to extend other offers in the future. The Marketing Team at Silver Reef will also have the opportunity to host meetings, conferences, and fundraisers at the Loomis Venue.

The Lummi tribal community receives special discounts on green fees and elders and youth will play for free. “The Lummi Nation School has a golf team that will grow and flourish on their new home course. They will be able to host tournaments at the course. Lummi Nation School can host prom in the new venue if they choose to,” the Lummi Nation Economic Development team wrote in an email to Native Business Magazine.

“Additionally, we are excited for our Lummi families, especially our youth; to go out and enjoy a day on the golf course and to utilize the well established facility and venue. We look forward to seeing the community come together to support and watch our Lummi Nation School Golf team compete at their new home course!”

Other Lummi economic development projects underway include:

  • The Lummi Nation is currently building a new convenient store and market by its fisherman docks. A grand opening is anticipated soon.
  • The Lummi Nation is actively growing, supporting and promoting its tribal small business incubators at the Lummi Te’ti’sen Center, which serves to promote tribal prosperity through tribal enterprise.

Lummi Council members (L to R): Fred Lane, Cheryl Sanders, Lawrence Solomon, Victor Johnson, Nick Lewis, and Jay Julius (Chairman) (Courtesy Lummi Nation)