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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 to help pay for tutoring services for K-12 students completing a GED/HS Diploma.  Payments are made directly to tutors for students with Samish program approved assistance plans.  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.

Stay tuned the the Education Program Blog posts below to stay up to date on opportunities and emergent issues.

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

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

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Samish Youth Trip to Cypress Island: Culture and Land Stewardship

Anacortes, WA

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

Dates: 01 – 02 Jun, 2019

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Teaching of Cedar Part 3

Anacortes, WA

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

Dates: 08 – 08 Jun, 2019

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Salish Singing and Drumming - Part 1

Anacortes, WA 98221

Join us to sing songs, practice drumming, and learn methods for singing in a Coast Salish style.

Dates: 09 – 09 Jun, 2019

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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

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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

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2nd Annual Samish Film Festival

Anacortes, WA, 98221

Two evenings of films and documentaries focused on native stories.

Dates: 28 – 29 Jun, 2019

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Salish Sea Háwe7- 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

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June Cultural Day

Anacortes, WA 98221

A day of cultural activities and lunch.

Dates: 29 – 29 Jun, 2019

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Salish Singing and Drumming - Part 2

Anacortes, WA 98221

Join us to sing songs, practice drumming, and learn methods for singing in a Coast Salish style.

Dates: 13 – 13 Jul, 2019

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Birch Bay Waterslides

Blaine, WA 98230

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

Dates: 13 – 13 Jul, 2019

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Canoe Journey Landing at Samish

Anacortes, WA

Tribal Canoe Journey lands at Samish!

Dates: 23 – 24 Jul, 2019

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Youth Backpacking

Anacortes, WA, 98221

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

Dates: 02 – 04 Aug, 2019

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Salish Sea Háwe7 - August

Anacortes, WA 98221

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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Seasonal Plant Harvesting - Cattail

Anacortes, WA

Learn about traditional plants and how to harvest them.

Dates: 10 – 10 Aug, 2019

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Wild Waves

Federal Way, WA 98003

Join us for day of fun in the water!

Dates: 18 – 18 Aug, 2019

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Camp Samish

Bow, WA, 98232

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

Dates: 22 – 25 Aug, 2019

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Mariners Salute to Native Americans

Seattle, WA 98134

Celebrate the Mariners’ Salute to Native American Night in this game against the Cincinnati Reds!

Dates: 12 – 12 Sep, 2019

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Bentwood Boxes

Anacortes, WA

Learn to make your own Bentwood Box.

Dates: 14 – 15 Sep, 2019

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Cattail Weaving

Anacortes, WA, 98221

Come make cattail mats with us! Please RSVP by September 6 so we can have enough supplies on hand.

Dates: 14 – 15 Sep, 2019

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Cedar Ornaments - Part 1

Anacortes, WA

Learn to make cedar ornaments!

Dates: 14 – 14 Sep, 2019

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Husky Football

Seattle, WA 98195

Husky Football

Dates: 28 – 28 Sep, 2019

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Beading

Anacortes, WA

Come bead with us!

Dates: 12 – 13 Oct, 2019

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Seasonal Plant Harvesting

Anacortes, WA

Learn about traditional plants and how to harvest them.

Dates: 12 – 12 Oct, 2019

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Cedar Ornaments - Part 2

Anacortes, WA

Learn to make cedar ornaments!

Dates: 12 – 12 Oct, 2019

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Pine Needle Baskets

Anacortes, WA

Learn how to make a pine needle basket!

Dates: 12 – 12 Oct, 2019

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Harvest Meal

Anacortes, WA

Celebrate autumn with a shared meal and good company!

Dates: 09 – 09 Nov, 2019

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Christmas Party

Anacortes, WA 98221

Everyone is invited to the Samish Christmas party to celebrate the winter season and its holiday cheer!

Dates: 15 – 15 Dec, 2019

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