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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or to get involved.