Kee yoks strives to provide monthly communication within the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, near and far. It is committed to serving as an apolitical forum for SITC governing officials and all community members. The newspaper is not intended to reflect the official position of the governing body of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, but rather reflects the ideas, events, and thoughts of individual community members and tribal staff. As such, the Swinomish Tribe makes no claim as to the accuracy or content of any of the articles contained therein.
The first issue of the Kee yoks was published in 1966 and called "The Seagull." Later that year, a few of the elders who helped produce the paper gave it the Lushootseed name "Kee Yoks" (seagull), which mimics the sound of the gulls. It had been published irregularly by a number of individuals until 1999, when it became a regular monthly.