Tour new Tulalip tribal building

TULALIP — Employees of the Tulalip tribal government have been working at a new $28 million building since early this month, but they’ll open doors to the public on Saturday for a special grand opening ceremony.

The ceremony, scheduled to begin at noon, is to be followed by tours of the building. Activities, including a bouncy house for children and snacks, will be available from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided. All the events are open to the general public.

The building’s Lushootseed name means “a place where people are trained in both spiritual and practical matters,” tribal spokeswoman Mytyl Hernandez said.

The cedar-and-glass building measures 75,000 square feet. It now houses hundreds of tribal employees who previously worked in offices scattered throughout the Tulalip Indian Reservation.

The change will save the tribe about $1 million each year, Hernandez said.

Tribal crews cleared an area of forest just east of the reservation’s main road to make room for the building, at 6406 Marine Drive in Tulalip. The tribal administration building had always been close to Tulalip Bay, until now. The new building offers a panoramic view of the reservation’s western edge.

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