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Samish in the News


October 25, 2017 - GoAnacortes: Carvers showcase talents at 98221 Studio Tour

August 14, 2017 - Indian Country Today: Interest in Canoe Journey Grows - in Perugia, Italy

August 13, 2017 - GoSkagit: Fidalgo Bay Day

August 12, 2017 - GoSkagit: Samish Indian Nation shares culture at Skagit County Fair

July 20, 2017 - Indianz.com: Samish Nation still waiting for decisions on land-into-trust applications

July 17, 2017 - MotherJones: Indigenous People Plan to Honor a Treaty that Trump Wont - They are committed to the Paris Agreement.

July 12, 2017 - GoAnacortes: City supports Samish effort to move land to trust

July 11, 2017 - WesternToday: Huxley's Marco Hatch conducting summer field work in the San Juans

July 6, 2017 - Yes! Magazine: Why Coastal Tribes Are Growing Clam Gardens That Look Like Asian Rice Fields

June 7, 2017 - GoAnacortes: Celebration at state park honors history, culture of canoe families

June 5, 2017 - The Islands' Sounder: Iceberg Point dig could locate artifacts, but harm native wildflowers

June 2, 2017 - Tacoma Daily Index: Canoe Families host celebrations at Deception Pass State Park Saturday, June 3rd; Millersylvania, June 10th

May 24, 2017 - KUOW.org: Some islanders don't dig federal plan to dig in San Juan Islands monument

April 4, 2017 - San Juan Islander: Fidalgo Bay Submerged: A landscape analysis perspective

March 22, 2017 - GoAnacortes: Tribe's possible boundary change causes concern

March 19, 2017 - GoSkagit: Concerns remain over Swinomish boundaries

February 22, 2017 - GoSkagit: Samish weigh in on Swinomish boundaries


December 5, 2016 - The Seattle Times: The road to sovereignty: Western state treaties

September 11, 2016 – GoSkagit: Uncertainty Looms Over Upcoming Water, Fish Consumption Rule

Septembr 4, 2016 – GoSkagit: Bringing Back the Olympia Oyster

August 10, 2016 – Anacortes American: Thompson Trestle, Causeway Eyed for Replacement

May 31, 2016 – Ensia: Researchers around the world are learning from indigenous communities. Here's why that's a good thing.

April 25, 2016 – Indian Country Today: For the Pacific Fisher, aka Sxwemechen: Positive Signs, but no Endangered-Species Listing

January 29, 2016 – Whidbey News-Times: Unearthed Native American remains won't delay sewer plant project in Oak Harbor

January 26, 2016 - Samish Indian Nation documentary garners national attention


December 16, 2015: GoSkagit - County, Samish Indian Nation sign compensation agreement.

September 30, 2015: The Stranger - "It's Time to Free Lolita, a Puget Sound Killer Whale That's Been Held Captive in Florida for 45 Years"

September 27, 2015: Panel Discussion about Treaty Rights and Federal Recognition aired on the Seattle Channel.

August 5, 2015: GoAnacortes - " 'Maiden of Deception Pass' film tells story of Samish people"

June 28, 2015: Indian Country Today - "Want to See Great Native Art? Take A Ferry Ride"

June 22, 2015: Calling all Skagit County residents, please participate in this survey on Quality of Life in Skagit.

June 19, 2015: The Seattle Times - "Northwest's first citizens develop tribal tourism"

May 26, 2015: Indian Country Today - "Big Two Months for the Samish Nation: Repatriation, Ferry Naming"

May 14, 2015: Goskagit.com: New 144-car Ferry to Set Sail This Summer in Anacortes

April 30, 2015: Indian Country Today - "10 Things You Should Know About the Samish Nation"

April 1, 2015: Northwest Hawaii Ohana Newsletter, April 2015: Bridge of Aloha Festival with Special Opening Ceremony Honoring Samish

March 27, 2015: San Juan Islander: Samish Land in County Permanently Protected if Bill Passes

March 25, 2015. Goskagit.com: Bill would put some Samish tribal property into federal trust


September 29, 2014. Anacortes Now: Samish DEIS Hearing 9-18-14 Follow Up Article

September 3, 2014. Anacortes American: Samish helping state remove shoreline structures that hurt habitat

July 9, 2014. Sanjuanjournal.com: Transfer of ancient Samish canoe builds bridges to the past

July 9, 2014. IndianCountryTodayNetwork.com: Return of the Old One: Historical Society Repatriates Samish Canoe to Tribe

June 19, 2014. Goanacortes.com: Celebration Honors Native American Culture.

June 12, 2014. Mukilteo Beacon.com: Tokitae Joins State Fleet.

April 28, 2014. The new Samish ferry in dry dock at Vigor Shipyard in Tacoma, under construction. 



January 22, 2014. Goanacortes.com: Woven Cedar Hats Honor Samish Culture.


July 23, 2013. House of Natural Resources Committee: Legislative Hearing on H.R. 1225

April 1, 2013. Komo News: San Juan Islands Celebrate National Monument Designation

March 9, 2013. West Seattle Blog: All eyes on ferry-in-progress Samish during governor's Vigor visit


November 21, 2012. Anacortes American: State ferry named Samish.

November 14, 2012. The Olympian: New state ferries get regional tribal names.

November 14, 2012. Skagit Valley Herald: New State Ferry named after Samish tribe.

November 14, 2012. The News Tribune. 2 New Washington ferries named Samish, Tokitae.

November 13, 2012. Anacortes American: State Ferry named for Samish.

November 13, 2012. Miami Herald: 2 New Washington Ferries Named Samish, Tokitae.

November 13, 2012. The Seattle Times: New ferry names Decided: Samish and Tokitae.

November 13, 2012. Seattle PI: 2 New ferries named Samish, Tokitae.

Flickr Page of photos of the New 144-Car ferries by the Washington State Department of Transportation, Washington State Ferries Page.

November 13, 2012. King 5 News. 2 New Washington ferries named Samish, Tokitae.

November 13, 2012. Kitsap Sun: Two new state ferries named Samish, Tokitae.

November 13, 2012. TDN.com: 2 new WA ferries named Samish, Tokitae.

Updated November 13, 2012. The Petition Site: Name the next WA State ferry Tokitae. Congratulations to Samish.

National Public Radio. November 13, 2012.

November 13, 2012. The Olympian: 2 new WA ferries named Samish, Tokitae.

October 10, 2012. Anacortes American: A new state ferry could still be named after Samish.

October 10, 2012. Anacortes American: Samish Improve Shoreline at Weaverling Spit.

October 5, 2012. Anacortes American: Clam up, Ivar supporters. Ferry should be named Samish.

September 12, 2012. Anacortes American: Ferry name a new way for state to recognize the Samish

September 8, 2012. Indian Country Today Media Network: Help Support Samish Indian Nation's drive to name Washington Ferry "Samish"

September 5, 2012. Anacortes American: Tribe rounding up support to have ferry named for Samish

June 22, 2012. Larsen Legislation Would Provide Permanent Protection to Samish Land in Skagit & San Juan Counties

June 10, 2012. Skagit Valley Herald: Swinomish, Samish share their culture.

May 15, 2012. Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Press Release: Native American cultural celebration returns to Deception Pass State Park

May 12, 2012. Puget Sound Knappers (www.pugetsoundknappers.com): Knapping with the Samish

May 9, 2012. Anacortes American: Healing Cedars: Samish honor Tesoro tragedy victims with plaque, trees

March 31, 2012. Go Skagit: Cap Sante students leave their mark at restoration site


October 26, 2o11. Anacortes American, and November 1, 2011. Fidalgo This Week: Illegal Dumping Cleaned Up by Tribe

September 22, 2011. Skagit Valley Herald: Samish Win Court Decision

September 21, 2011. Turtle Talk: Federal Circuit Revives Part of Samish Indian Nation Damages Claims against US in Federal Recognition Case

August 23, 2011. Go Skagit: Samish Tribe Proposes Casino on Highway 20

August 22, 2011. Seattle News Times: Long-suffering Samish say casino might change luck

August 3, 2011. Whidbey News Times: Tribes go easy on Oak Harbor

June 30, 2011. Anacortes American. Samish Nation Celebrates 15 years of achievements

June 26, 2011. Anacortes Now: Samish Canoe Races on Fidalgo Bay

June 22, 2011. Go Skagit. Samish War Canoes Race on Fidalgo Bay Saturday

June 21, 2011. KOMO 4 Radio News. Human Remains found in Oak Harbor, full story was read including full statement given by Tribal Chairman Tom Wooten.

June 19, 2011. Indian Country Today: The Journey to Swinomish

June 14, 2011. Whidbey News Times: Native Americans celebrated at Deception Pass State Park

May 31, 2011. Washington State Parks News Release: Native American cultural celebration returns to Deception Pass State Park


June 20, 2010. Skagit Valley Herald: Samish Healing Pole Represents Life Coming from Tragedy

June 26, 2010. Skagit Valley Herald: Huckleberry Island transferred to the Samish

June 4, 2010. Whidbey News Times: Parks honor Native American Culture in June

Honoring Our Babies

Anacortes, Washington

Join us in honoring our babies born 2015 - 2018.

Dates: 19 – 19 Jan, 2019

Treaty Day

Anacortes, WA

A casual reading of a Samish play inspired by "A Question of Respect" regarding the signing of the Treaty of Point Elliott. This is going to be a working readers/writers group.

Dates: 20 – 20 Jan, 2019

Offices Closed - January 22nd

Anacortes, WA

Our office will be closed on Tuesday, January 22nd in recognition of the signing of the Treaty of Point Elliott We will reopen on Wednesday, January 23rd at 8:30am.

Dates: 22 Jan, 2019

Elders Program: Health Lecture Series: Emergency Preparedness

Anacortes, WA

Concerned about an emergency, come learn how to be prepared in your home for a disaster.

Dates: 24 – 24 Jan, 2019

Paddle Workshop Series 1

Anacortes, WA

Come carve a paddle!

Dates: 09 – 10 Feb, 2019

Teaching of Cedar Series 1

Anacortes, WA

Join us for the Teachings of Cedar course.

Dates: 09 – 09 Feb, 2019

Seattle Thunderbirds Hockey

Kent, WA

Come watch the Seattle Thunderbirds take on the Portland Winterhawks!

Dates: 23 – 23 Feb, 2019

Paddle Workshop Series 2

Anacortes, WA

Come carve a paddle!

Dates: 09 – 10 Mar, 2019

Teaching of Cedar Series 2

Anacortes, WA

Join us for the Teachings of Cedar course.

Dates: 09 – 09 Mar, 2019

Seasonal Plant Harvesting - Nettles

Anacortes, WA

Learn about traditional plants and how to harvest them.

Dates: 09 – 09 Mar, 2019

Paddle Workshop Series 3

Anacortes, WA

Come carve a paddle!

Dates: 13 – 14 Apr, 2019

Teaching of Cedar Series 3

Anacortes, WA

Join us for the Teachings of Cedar course.

Dates: 13 – 13 Apr, 2019

Seasonal Plant Harvesting - TBD

Anacortes, WA

Learn about traditional plants and how to harvest them.

Dates: 13 – 13 Apr, 2019

Paddle Workshop Series 4

Anacortes, WA

Come carve a paddle!

Dates: 11 – 11 May, 2019

Seasonal Plant Harvesting - Camas and Cedar

Anacortes, WA

Learn about traditional plants and how to harvest them.

Dates: 11 – 11 May, 2019

Annual Samish Elders Luncheon

Anacortes, WA

Please RSVP to Katy with a count of Tribal Elders planning to attend. Open to regional Tribes of the Salish Sea.

Dates: 28 – 28 Jun, 2019