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May 27, 2020 - SENATE RESOLUTION ON COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

PDF_icon_sm Dear Swinomish Reservation Residents,

Today, the Swinomish Senate passed a new continuing Resolution addressing COVID-19 precautions for residents and businesses on the Swinomish Reservation.

We take very seriously our responsibility to protect our community. I am pleased to say that with all of your help, our efforts to flatten the curve have been working.

Now, as we carefully and cautiously take the next steps in reopening our economy, we must continue doing all we can to maintain our momentum in our fight against COVID-19.

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May 5, 2020 - PHASE 1 CONSTRUCTION RESTART

Although the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community “Stay Home" order is still in effect, the Swinomish Senate implemented a limited Phase 1 Construction Restart, which authorizes activity on existing construction projects (those with an issued permit as of March 23rd) that can be performed while maintaining the six-foot social distancing, and remain in compliance with the Phase 1 Construction Restart COVID-19 Job Site Requirements.

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May 26, 2020 - A MESSAGE FROM THE KUKUTALI MANAGEMENT BOARD

The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and Washington State Parks would like the public to know that Kukutali Preserve State Park will remain closed through mid-June, and that park access continues to be restricted until further notice. The Swinomish Tribe and State Parks have co-owned and co-managed Kukutali since 2014 in the first-ever such partnership. The Tribe and State are working on updated management and public access practices in light of the COVID-19 public health crisis in an effort to ensure the greatest level of protection to Swinomish tribal community members and the public, and request everyone’s help to respect and adhere to the ongoing restrictions. The Tribe and State expect to announce updated management and access measures in the middle of June.

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May 1, 2020 - A MESSAGE FROM SWINOMISH TRIBAL CHAIRMAN STEVE EDWARDS

Dear Tribal Members, Reservation Residents, and Tribal Employees,

Yesterday the Senate decided to extend its Stay Home Order until Monday, May 18.  Please share with your family and other community members.

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April 5, 2020 - A MESSAGE FROM SWINOMISH TRIBAL CHAIRMAN STEVE EDWARDS

Dear Tribal Members, Reservation Residents, and Tribal Employees,

Today the Swinomish Senate extended its March 24, 2020 Stay Home Order to remain in full force and effect until midnight May 4, 2020.

The terms of the Tribe’s Stay Home Order remain the same as before. All Tribal members and residents of the Swinomish Reservation must continue to stay in their homes, except under very limited circumstances spelled out in the orders.

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April 1, 2020 - SWINOMISH TRIBE WAIVES LATE FEES AND INTEREST ON 2020 USE & OCCUPANCY TAX PAYMENTS RECEIVED BY MAY 30

In recognition of financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Swinomish Tribal Senate today approved a 30-day waiver of all late penalties, charges, and interest for first-half 2020 Trust Improvement Use & Occupancy Tax payments by individual taxpayers.

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March 27, 2020 - UPDATE FROM THE SWINOMISH HEALTH CLINIC

HEALTHCARE PROVIDER CONSULTATIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AFTER REGULAR BUSINESS HOURS AND ON WEEKENDS!

A Swinomish Provider is now available for telephone consultations after regular business hours from 6-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. We are also working to have televisits available in the very near future, which includes voice and video.

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March 24, 2020 - A MESSAGE FROM THE TRIBAL SENATE

In order to protect our community, the Swinomish Senate this morning passed a STAY-AT-HOME RESOLUTION. This Resolution requires all residents of the Swinomish Reservation to stay in their homes, except under limited circumstances.

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March 24, 2020 - A MESSAGE FROM THE TRIBAL SENATE

Due to COVID-19 and the Public Health Emergency, the Tallawhalt Committee and Senate approved a temporary suspension of Tallawhalt mortgage payments for three months (April, May and June), with the three payments deferred to the end of the mortgage. There will be no assessment of late fees and there will be no collection on delinquent accounts. The Tallawhalt Committee will review the temporary suspension in June to determine if additional time is warranted.


March 20, 2020 - The Swinomish Dental Clinic is available to ensure critical needs are met

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Dental Clinic will not be seeing any routine scheduled appointments until further notice. However, a limited staff of assistants and providers will continue to be available to ensure your critical needs are met.

The Swinomish Dental Clinic building is physically open in the mornings from Mon-Thurs from 8am-12pm, but only for urgent care patients that have been schedule and triaged by phone first.

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March 19, 2020 - The Swinomish Medical Clinic is open

Until further notice, please call the Medical Clinic at (360) 466.3167 to make an appointment. A Registered Nurse or Provider will call you back to discuss your symptoms and answer your questions. We will do everything we can to take care of your issue over the phone or with minimal contact inside the clinic. This is to protect you, your community, and health care staff.

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March 14, 2020 - Message from Tribal Chairman Steve Edwards

Dear Tribal Community,

The Swinomish Senate and staff are working to keep you and our community as safe as possible as we respond to the COVID-19 virus. I want to let you know what we are doing – and what you can do to help. This will take all of us working together and supporting each other. Our shared goal is to do all we can to protect the community, and especially our elders and those who already have health conditions. We are blessed to have dedicated and skilled Medical Clinic and other staff to guide and assist us

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ELECTION BOARD VACANY

The Election Board is soliciting Letters of Interest in order to fill a board vacancy.

Swinomish Tribal Code 2-1.080 (C)
Members of the Election Board shall be:

  1. Twenty-one (21) years of age or older;
  2. An enrolled member of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
  3. Not a current member of the Swinomish Senate; and
  4. A person who resides on the Swinomish Reservation as defined in this Chapter or is employed by the Tribe. 

Please submit your letter of interest to Election Officer Wendy Otto at the Administration Building or email wotto@swinomish.nsn.us.


PUBLIC NOTICE

SHELLFISH PSP MONITORING AT LONE TREE POINT

NO TOXIN DETECTED as of a butter clam sample on 9/9/19. Next sampling TBD. 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 Swinomish Fisheries.

RECREATIONAL BEACHES BACTERIA MONITORING

Six swimming beaches are OPEN for water contact activities as of 4/30/2020. Next sample is scheduled for MAY 13, 2020.

BURN BAN IN EFFECT

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).

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