Lummi tribes were the island’s original inhabitants, but it is no longer a part of the Native American
Nations’s lands. Most of the Lummis fled the island to avoid enslavement by aggressive northern tribes
before white settlers arrived in the 1870’s. The forgotten island of the San Juan chain, Lummi is a refuge of
tranquility. Nine miles long and about two miles wide, the mountainous island lies across the mouth
of Bellingham Bay. The population hovers around 1,054. Only the northern half of the island is
inhabitable. Eagles and deer have kept their domain on the steep slopes rising from
Lummi’s southern shores.