We honor our ancestors representing four aboriginal bands: Swinomish, Samish, Lower Skagit, and Kikiallus, who joined together to form the present day Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. Seven generations ago, in 1855, Swinomish chiefs along with 81 other tribal chiefs gathered at Múckl-te-óh (present-day 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 11 elected members of the Swinomish Senate continue that commitment by strengthening our government so that we may protect our treaty, 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 Washington State, the Pacific Northwest region, and the nation. As a tribal community, we are proud and 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.
NOTICE: PSP biotoxin has been detected at Penn Cove, Camano Island, and Cornet Bay. Special sampling is scheduled for Lone Tree Point on 10/16/17. Shellfish harvest is not recommended at this time.
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VIDEO: Swinomish Chairman and Dental Clinic team make the case for expanding dental care