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Education

The mission of the education program is to promote educational programs that foster the preservation of Samish culture and traditions and instill a desire for lifelong learning in all Samish tribal members.

We do this by providing the following services for enrolled tribal members:
  • Higher Education Assistance Awards (after high school): Financial Support is available to Samish Tribal Members after High School. Please contact the Education Program directly for the current forms & applications.  As of August 2018, we have a waitlist for undergraduate funding for the 2018-19 Academic year.  Any completed applications received will be added to the waitlist in the order they are received completed in case funding becomes available.
  • Tutoring Support: Financial Assistance is available, for tutoring services, for K-12 students completing a GED/HS Diploma.  Please contact the Education Program directly for the current forms & applications.
  • Course Completion Incentive Program: Samish Tribal Members are eligible, once per quarter, for a $100 award for completing a post-secondary school course. Please Login and follow the link to the online application for Course Completion Incentives

For all 3 programs, Tribal members should login to the website for additional information and Course Completion Online Application

For Education Assistance questions or to contact us for the latest forms, use the E-mail us contact link.

Show Us the Money!

by Adam Lorio | Dec 13, 2018
Pursuing Higher Education has become more expensive over the last 20 years.  A full time student in the 70s could work 8-12 hours a week to pay for schooling along with their financial aid package.  Today, many studies say students would need to work 60-80 hours a week to cover the equivelant costs today.

We are always looking for good financial resources for our Samish Higher Education students.  If you know of one, feel free to send it to us so that we can pass it on.

Here is a great link to scholarship opportunities from the Native American Finance Officers Association which Samish is a member of.  Thanks to our great Finance team for passing this along!

NAFOA Scholarships


Article showing the relative cost increases and how many hours students need to work to pay for college:
How many hours students need to work article

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