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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.

Elders Program: Making Giveaways - Trauma Balm Class

Anacortes, WA

We need your help making giveaways for Samish events.

Dates: 26 – 26 Mar, 2019

Elders Program: Making Giveaways - Medicinal Tea Bags

Anacortes, WA

We need your help making giveaways for Samish events.

Dates: 11 – 11 Apr, 2019

Paddle Workshop Part 3

Anacortes, WA

Come carve a paddle! This workshop is an extended series across several weekends.

Dates: 13 – 14 Apr, 2019

Teaching of Cedar Part 2

Anacortes, WA

Join us for the Teachings of Cedar series, the second of two classes. Please RSVP to save your spot!

Dates: 13 – 13 Apr, 2019

Seasonal Plant Harvesting - Nettles

Anacortes, WA

Learn about traditional plants and how to harvest them.

Dates: 13 – 13 Apr, 2019

Elders Program: Making Giveaways - Trauma Balm Class

Anacortes, WA

We need your help making giveaways for Samish events.

Dates: 09 – 09 May, 2019

Paddle Workshop Part 4

Anacortes, WA

Come carve a paddle!

Dates: 11 – 11 May, 2019

Youth Rock Climbing

Burlington, WA 98233

Youth ages 8 - 18 are going indoor rock climbing!

Dates: 18 – 18 May, 2019

Elders Program Health Lecture Series: Medication Management

Anacortes, WA

Concerned about managing medication, not sure of the best options, come to our presentation from the Samish Health Department to learn more.

Dates: 23 – 23 May, 2019

Samish Youth Trip to Cypress Island: Culture and Land Stewardship

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Overnight camping trip to Cypress Island for youth ages 8 - 18. RSVP by May 4.

Dates: 01 – 02 Jun, 2019

Elders Luncheon Planning Meeting

Anacortes, WA

It's our final week of preparations! Samish Elders Program Luncheon planning, organization and set-up will be happening all week.

Dates: 24 – 28 Jun, 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

2nd Annual Samish Film Festival

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Two evenings of films and documentaries focused on native stories.

Dates: 28 – 29 Jun, 2019

Cultural Boat Trip - June

Anacortes, WA 98221

Join us for a cultural boat tour through the San Juan Islands and Samish traditional territory.

Dates: 29 – 29 Jun, 2019

June Cultural Day

Anacortes, WA 98221

A day of cultural activities and lunch.

Dates: 29 – 29 Jun, 2019

Birch Bay Waterslides

Blaine, WA 98230

You are invited for a day of fun at Birch Bay Waterslides!

Dates: 13 – 13 Jul, 2019

Canoe Journey Landing at Samish

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Tribal Canoe Journey lands at Samish!

Dates: 23 – 24 Jul, 2019

Youth Backpacking

Anacortes, WA, 98221

Youth Backpacking for ages 8 - 18. RSVP by July 8.

Dates: 02 – 04 Aug, 2019

Cultural Boat Trip - August

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Join us for a cultural boat tour through the San Juan Islands and Samish traditional territory.

Dates: 10 – 10 Aug, 2019

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Learn about traditional plants and how to harvest them.

Dates: 10 – 10 Aug, 2019

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Join us for day of fun in the water!

Dates: 18 – 18 Aug, 2019

Camp Samish

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We will have cultural crafts, language learning, storytelling, and more!

Dates: 22 – 25 Aug, 2019