JUNE 24, 2020 - SWINOMISH INDIAN TRIBAL COMMUNITY FIREWORKS REGULATION
Pursuant to Swinomish Senate Resolution 2020‐05‐119 and STC 15‐02.060, the Swinomish Senate Fireworks Committee (“Committee”) hereby issues Swinomish Fireworks Regulation 2020‐01 for the Summer 2020 fireworks sales season.
Swinomish Senate Resolution 2020‐05‐119 classified retail fireworks sales as an authorized essential business activity if and only if conducted in compliance with a Senate‐approved safety plan. Fireworks Regulation 2020‐01 is that plan. The purpose of Fireworks Regulation 2020‐01 is to enable Wholesale and Retail Permit holder sales while also safeguarding the Swinomish community against unacceptable health and safety risks associated with COVID‐19.
**VIOLATION OF ANY PROVISION OF THIS REGULATION IS A VIOLATION OF THE SWINOMISH FIREWORKS CODE, AND MAY SUBJECT THE INDIVIDUAL VIOLATOR TO CIVIL PENALTIES UNDER STC 15‐02.250. REPEATED VIOLATIONS OF THIS REGULATION BY RETAIL PERMIT HOLDERS MAY RESULT IN THE LOSS OF ESSENTIAL BUSINESS ACTIVITY STATUS FOR RETAIL FIREWORKS SALES, RESULTING IN THE TEMPORARY OR PERMANENT SUSPENSION OF ALL SALES.**
JUNE 16, 2020 - A MESSAGE FROM THE SWINOMISH HOUSING AUTHORITY BOARD
To help alleviate financial burden during the partial closure of many of our offices and businesses, the Swinomish Housing Authority Board elected to waive rental payments for Housing Authority rental tenants. Payments will resume as normal for August, unless the Housing Board again decides to waive rents at the July Housing Board meeting.
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.
May 4, 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 not reopen to the public on May 5th 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 within the next two weeks.
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.READ MORE
March 25, 2020 - SWINOMISH TRIBAL SENATE PASSES STAY-AT-HOME RESOLUTION
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.
For two weeks, all residents must stay in their homes except to:
- Buy groceries and other necessary supplies such as prescriptions
- Care for a sick family member or community member
- Go to work at an essential business or government function
- Exercise outdoors or participate in treaty fishing or hunting while maintaining 6 feet distance away from others
All gatherings are prohibited, even in people’s homes. All in-person office functions at non-essential businesses must close. Essential businesses that may remain open include:
- Health care facilities • Grocery stores
- Convenience stores and gas stations
- Pharmacies and cannabis stores
- Other governmental operations and businesses listed in the Resolution
We understand this order requires sacrifices in these extraordinary times. We are a strong people and have weathered many great challenges since time immemorial. The Senate is asking for your help to stop the spread of the virus by limiting contact between people. Thank you for taking these important steps to protect our loved ones.
March 24, 2020 - TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF TALLAWHALT MORTGAGE PAYMENTS
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.