We honor our ancestors representing the four aboriginal bands, Swinomish, Samish, Lower Skagit, and Kikiallus, who joined together to form the present day Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. In 1855, Swinomish and 81 other tribes gathered at Múckl-te-óh (Mukilteo, Washington) to sign the Treaty of Point Elliott.
Our ancestors committed to protecting a way of life passed down from generation to generation. The elected members of the Swinomish Senate continue that commitment by strengthening our government so that we may protect our treaty rights, culture, and collective wellbeing. As a sovereign nation, we engage in local, state, and interstate commerce, manage our natural resources, and exercise power over our homelands and waters.
We value collaboration with fellow tribal and non-tribal governments. Our partnerships spread throughout the region, state, and nation. We are honored to play leadership roles through partnerships with the Association of Washington Tribes, the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, the National Congress of American Indians, and other important institutions advocating for the rights of Native people.
Removal of vessels and trailers at McGlinn Island will begin November 1, 2019 >>Click here for more information
NO TOXIN DETECTED as of a butter clam sample on 9/9/19. Next sampling TBD. Swinomish Tribal Members may conduct subsistence harvesting on the reservation when beaches are indicated as OPEN and when they have a valid Ceremonial and Subsistence Shellfish Harvesting Permit from the Swinomish Fisheries department.
Six swimming beaches OPEN for water contact activities as of December 11, 2019. Next sample is scheduled for January 2020.
Burn Ban Lifted 10/1/2019. Call (360) 708-3118 to obtain a burn permit for large burn piles (greater than 4 ft x 4 ft x 3 ft tall).