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The mission of the Samish Indian Nation Natural Resource Department is to preserve, protect and enhance all natural resources within the Samish historical and cultural territory by helping integrate community values, and ecosystem health in every decision that upholds the Tribes Sovereign right for protection of all natural resources.


Check out this video on the Anacortes Baywide Cleanup!

Here is a report on the history and ecology of Secret Harbor on Cypress Island, Washington State. The report was put together by Abe Loyd, the director of Salal, the Cascadian Food Institute. It was sponsored by the Samish Indian Nation Department of Natural Resources to be in conjunction with a restoration effort between Samish and Washington State DNR at Secret Harbor. There is lots of great history of Samish presence in the early history of this little harbor on Cypress Island. Enjoy.

Secret Harbor Report


Check out a new video produced by our department and presented to an international audience at the 2013 Society for Ecological Restoration Conference in Madison WI.


Climate Change in the News:

With recent news on Climate Change Action proposed by President Obama, we wanted to share this interesting story compiled on NPR’s “This American Life”:

(click to follow link to story) Hot In My Backyard


Here is a 16 minute video sharing some our 2012 projects, enjoy:

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We are always looking to share stories from our Tribal Members interested in Natural Resource related fields.

Check out this speech given by Anabel at the Seattle Aquarium to over 600 people. Way to go Anabel!

Anabel is Dave Blackinton’s Granddaughter

Check out this wonderful video produced by Larry Thomas Jr., one of our tribal members: