Header - Canoe Family

Tribal Historic Preservation

The Samish Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO) provides consultation services to public and private agencies, works with other tribes and museums to implement the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), and maintains and houses the archaeological collections. The THPO strives to build interagency relationships, protect and preserve Samish heritage and resources, and be a resource for local and tribal communities.

The Samish THPO actively participates in local and regional projects, conducts archaeological and project site visits, monitors archaeological sites, and conducts NAGPRA consultation. The THPO stays up-to-date on current happenings in Cultural Resource Management by attending regional conferences, meetings, and trainings and consults on projects at city, county, state, and federal levels.

Do you know what to do if you find an artifact?

It’s exciting to find an artifact and your first impulse will probably be to take it home with you. However, it’s against the law to knowingly disturb an archaeological site and this includes removing artifacts (RCW 27.53.060). Take a photo if you can and note its location so you can inform an archaeologist later. Artifacts are most useful to archaeologists when they’re in context (where they were originally placed/lost/dropped years ago). This is how we can try to determine its function and learn more about past lifeways. If you find an artifact on your own property, it’s legally yours and we still recommend leaving it in place and contacting an archaeologist or the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (https://dahp.wa.gov). 
Samish members, please login for additional content.

International Stand Up to Bullying Day – November 15, 2019

by Cultural Connections | Nov 14, 2019

Silhouette of people holding hands in front of a heart symbol - text says "stop bullying"
Did you know that one in four children and adults experience bullying as part of life at home, school, work, community events, the grocery store, or other places?

There are several forms of bullying: Physical, Verbal, Social, Cyber, Emotional, Racist, Sexual.

Bullying, a form of abuse defined as an aggressive behavior that causes pain or harm to another, may be non-physical, but it is always traumatic. As a result of bullying, children and adults can experience problems that can last a lifetime such as an inability to concentrate, productivity issues, insomnia, anxiety, and depression, among other effects.

Bullying takes many faces such as:

  • Making belittling remarks or observations
  • Gossiping or lying about another person
  • Loudly disagreeing, so that it intimidates others
  • Finding fault often in others and talking about it
  • Obvious lack of respect for others

Bullying affects many people: the bullied, the bully, bystanders, peers, and family. Although bullying has several different faces, there are characteristics of bullying that are similar:

  • People that are unique in some way are at risk
  • There is no single profile of a bully
  • There is a distinct power imbalance

There is a lot to be learned about bullying and how to prevent it. One thing that is agreed upon is that bullying is victimization, not conflict. It is a powerplay by a person that is looking for control. One method of trying to stop bullying is a zero-tolerance policy. Using methods that seek to learn what trauma lies behind behaviors that lead to bullying is the most effective way to address the root of the problem and to find solutions. Bullying is a harmful relationship problem and the effective ways to address bullying must involve relationship solutions.

A few things that have been shown to work are:

  • Creating an environment where students and employees know each other and care
  • Commitment by leaders to change the norms around bullying
  • Developmentally appropriate and proportional consequences
  • Always modelling respectful behavior

For more information, visit:

Lamb, J., Pepler, D. J., & Craig, W. (2009). Approach to bullying and victimization. Canadian family physician Medecin de famille canadien, 55(4), 356–360.

American Psychology Association. "Bullying prevention: Creating a positive school climate and developing social competence." http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/11330-000

Orpinas, P., & Horne, A. M. (2006). Bullying prevention: Creating a positive school climate and developing social competence. Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association.


Organization and Chat

Group to get together and discuss organization tips and tricks and other life events.

Dates: 13 Jan, 2021

More Details


One full hour led by a certified yoga instructor to get you up, moving, and connecting breath and body. Recommended for class: yoga mat or towel that won't slip, strap/neck tie/long sock, yoga block/stack of small books that won't fall over/small box that won't collapse.

Dates: 09 Apr, 2021

More Details

Tea Mixology

Dates: 17 – 17 Aug, 2021

More Details

Tea Mixology

Dates: 19 – 19 Aug, 2021

More Details

Cattail Weaving

Dates: 31 – 31 Aug, 2021

More Details

Cattail Weaving

Dates: 02 – 02 Sep, 2021

More Details

Samish Elders Virtual Fall Gathering

Samish Elders Virtual Fall Gathering

Dates: 10 – 10 Sep, 2021

More Details

Fall Cultural Gathering

Dates: 18 – 18 Sep, 2021

More Details