Lummi Island May 13, 2018

Lummi Island

Island Profile

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.