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Cultural Connections & Outreach

Our Cultural Connections and Outreach Programs are designed around the belief that a strong sense of self-worth is built through a clear knowledge of who we are, who and where we come from, as well as where we are going. We all need to feel useful and we need to feel that we have a purpose.


  • To strengthen community bonds and increase resilience of individuals.
  • To encourage balanced lives that result in making positive life choices.
  • To increase opportunities for youth and elders to feel connected have increased self-esteem, and sense of self-worth.

The Chelángen Dept supports members by:

  • Having cultural classes
  • Offering stipends to help members go to cultural skill training
  • Offering family-fun activities like the cultural boat trip, Mariners game, Camp Samish, Canoe Journey, and the Samish Christmas party
  • Helping with the Elders Luncheon and the Cultural Day in June


  • We work with the Education Program and Samish Early Learning Center, area public school students, and college students
  • We refer members to Samish Social Services, Housing Program, and Vocational Rehabilitation to meet needs of members
  • Please contact our programs if you have ideas to share!

Cultural Training Stipends:
In order to receive a stipend for cultural classes or workshops, please contact Sally Barrett a month prior to the workshop. We no longer do reimbursements. Per the Culture Committee, each household is eligible for two stipends each year. We require proof of attendance which could include a copy of your registration, a kit receipt, or a photo of yourself at the workshop. 

Harvest Meal

Anacortes, WA

Celebrate autumn with a shared meal and good company! Please RSVP by November 5 so we can save you a seat!

Dates: 17 – 17 Nov, 2018

Culture Committee Meeting

Anacortes, WA

Fourth quarterly meeting of the Culture Committee.

Dates: 18 – 18 Nov, 2018

Offices Closed - Thanksgiving & American Indian Heritage Day

Anacortes, WA

Our office will be closed on Thursday and Friday November 22nd & 23rd to celebrate Thanksgiving and American Indian Heritage Day.

Dates: 22 – 23 Nov, 2018

Lights of Christmas

Stanwood, WA

Stroll through a holiday park filled with amazing light displays!

Dates: 29 Nov – 29 Dec, 2018

Everett Silvertips

Everett, WA 98201

Come watch the Silvertips take on the Kootenay Ice!

Dates: 01 – 01 Dec, 2018

Christmas Party

Anacortes, WA 98221

Everyone is invited to the Samish Christmas party to celebrate the winter season and its holiday cheer! Santa will be there 1:00 – 3:00! Please RSVP by December 3

Dates: 16 – 16 Dec, 2018

Offices Closed - Holiday Break

Anacortes, Washington

Our office will be closed on Monday, December 24th through Tuesday, January 1st for the holiday break.

Dates: 24 Dec, 2018 – 01 Jan, 2019

Honoring Our Babies

Anacortes, Washington

Join us in honoring our babies born 2015 - 2018.

Dates: 19 – 19 Jan, 2019