Swinomish Indian Reservation – The U. S. Department of Interior announced today its approval of Constitutional Amendments for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community (Swinomish). Members of the Tribe voted to approve the Constitutional Amendments in the Tribe’s May 23, 2017 election. 60% of registered Swinomish voters participated in the election. Each of the 29 amendments was approved by at least 80% of the voters.
In issuing the final approval for the Department of Interior (DOI), Northwest Regional Director Stan Speaks, stated as follows: “As the approval requirements at 25 C.F.R. §81.45 are met, I have approved each proposed amendment as indicated in the enclosed Certificates of Approval. Proposed Amendments “A” through “AC” are now Amendments “16” through “44” respectively.”
Swinomish Tribal Chairman Brian Cladoosby said, “I am pleased that the DOI reinforced what we have been saying throughout this process that nothing related to our constitutional amendment process could change our reservation boundaries in any way. With this official approval, we will no longer have to obtain the approval of the BIA to carry out our basic governing processes.”
Chairman Cladoosby continued, “As our elders before us, our priorities will remain focused on the protection and enhancement of the quality of lives of all of our members and on providing a safe and healthy environment for all those living on and participating in the activities of the Swinomish Reservation.”
With this official and final approval, the updated Swinomish Constitution and accompanying amendments are effective immediately.
Additional information on the Swinomish Constitutional Amendements