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A Tradition of Transportation Safety

by Nora Pederson | Nov 30, 2017

Samish Canoes off Samish Island

The Samish tribe has a long tradition of caring for the safety of Tribal families and guests as they move around Samish Traditional territory. In the photo above, Samish canoes arrive at a gathering on Samish Island.

Looking toward the future, the Tribe is continuing this tradition as it develops the physical facilities to meet the needs of the community in the 21st century. As the Tribe grows, Tribal roads and other transportation facilities (boat launches, trails, etc.) will require constant improvement to keep us connected and ensure safe and reliable access to Samish programs, services, community events, and gatherings. There are two elements to this:

  • First, when we build roads and other transportation facilities, we want to keep them safe.
  • Second, we want to promote safe travel on non-tribal roads.

Keeping people safe on the road is a challenge across the United States, but it is particularly urgent for Native American communities.

Transportation Safety graphic

In Washington State the traffic fatality rate for Native Americans and Alaska Natives is more than three times higher than any other ethnic group. Fortunately, no deaths or serious injuries have occurred on Samish roads since rerecognition in 1996. We want to keep it this way.

You can help by answering a few questions in the survey below, or by joining the Samish Transportation group. Please feel free to contact us at npederson@samshtribe.nsn.us for more information, or to get involved.

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