Photo by Michael Kartes.

The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe’s decades-long aim to purchase the Salish Lodge & Spa and surrounding land came to fruition on Oct. 31 when the tribe purchased the property from the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe for $125 million. The deal includes the lodge and 45 acres surrounding Snoqualmie Falls, which halts the Muckleshoot’s development plans for a hotel, convention center, and housing.

The Snoqualmie Tribe was against the development plan because it said the structures would have been too close to the falls, a sacred and culturally significant site, according to a news release from the tribe.

“This purchase represents the Snoqualmie Tribe’s ongoing work to reclaim its traditional lands and will allow the Snoqualmie People to appropriately care for our sacred falls and share it with all who wish to experience the powerful connection,” said Snoqualmie Tribal Chairman Robert de los Angeles. “We are incredibly grateful to the Muckleshoot Tribe for their willingness to partner in our goal of protecting and preserving this sacred area.”

Columbia Hospitality will continue to operate the lodge.