Cultural Resources

The major goal of the Archives and Cultural Resources Department is to maintain, preserve, and protect Samish collections according to professional and Samish Indian Nation standards. The Samish Archives and Cultural Resources Department contains significant historical and cultural information comprising a valuable resource that impacts nearly every Samish program and member.

The Archives and Cultural Resources Department (ACRD) holds the Samish Indian Nation’s archival records and archaeological collections and conducts research that supports the Tribal mission. The community, Tribal members, and students are able to research archival materials at the ACRD office. ACRD staff strives to protect and preserve Samish archaeological and cultural resources by working with federal, state, and local agencies as well as individuals. Archivist duties include records management such as maintenance of a records retention schedule for the Samish Indian Nation.

Research Services:

  • Tribal history
  • Genealogy
  • Archaeology
  • Photographs

Services for Collections Donations

  • Artifact identification
  • Document preservation
  • Photograph identification and preservation

Cultural Resource Services

  • Consultation with involved parties for development projects within Samish traditional territory
  • Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) consultation

The Archives and Cultural Resources Department is open to researchers 8:30am – 4:30pm, Monday through Thursday, or by arrangement, excluding holidays. Research requests are by appointment only; please schedule at least 24 hours in advance.

The Archives and Cultural Resources Department (ACRD) accepts donations of documents, photographs, educational materials, audio records, archaeological artifacts, and other materials that relate to the history and culture of the Samish Indian Nation. Please contact us if you have information pertaining to Samish history and culture, or if you would like to donate items. All materials considered for donation will be evaluated to determine eligibility for inclusion in the collections.

Jason Ticknor, M.A., Archives Manager
Jackie Ferry, M.A., R.P.A., Cultural Resources

2918 Commercial Avenue
P.O. Box 217
Anacortes, WA 98221
(360) 293-6404