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The Planning Department supports the sustainable development and maintenance of tribal properties, facilities, and programs on behalf of the Samish Nation.

The Planning Department supports the following functions of the Tribe:

Tribal Planning

  • Tribal Census & Data
  • Government Strategic Plan
  • Long Range Transportation Plan
  • Comprehensive Plan (in progress 2017-2018)
  • Seven Generation Vision (in progress 2017-2018)
Programs & Services Planning
  • Needs assessments
  • Program and services expansion planning
  • Grant writing

  • Facility construction and remodel
  • Land use plans
  • Permitting
  • Roads
  • Repair and maintenance of tribal facilities
  • Operations and maintenance planning

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  • A Tradition of Transportation Safety

    by Nora Pederson | Nov 30, 2017

    Samish Canoes off Samish Island

    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.

    Transportation Safety graphic

    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 npederson@samshtribe.nsn.us for more information, or to get involved.

Cedar Hats

Anacortes | Dates: 10 – 11 Mar, 2018
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Chenqw’íles Esq’áplh/Spring Camp Samish

Oak Harbor | Dates: 23 – 25 Mar, 2018
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Shawls Workshop 1 of 3

Anacortes | Dates: 07 – 08 Apr, 2018
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Shawls Workshop 2 of 3

Anacortes | Dates: 14 – 15 Apr, 2018
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Shawls Workshop 3 of 3

Anacortes | Dates: 28 – 29 Apr, 2018
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Culture Committee Meeting

Anacortes | Dates: 20 – 20 May, 2018
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Drums Class

Anacortes | Dates: 09 – 09 Jun, 2018
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Elders Banquet

Anacortes | Dates: 22 – 22 Jun, 2018
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Anacortes | Dates: 07 – 07 Jul, 2018
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Canoe Journey Landing at Samish

Anacortes | Dates: 22 Jul, 2018
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Cattail Weaving

Anacortes | Dates: 11 – 25 Aug, 2018
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Culture Committee Meeting

Anacortes | Dates: 26 – 26 Aug, 2018
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Fall Culture Day

Anacortes | Dates: 22 – 22 Sep, 2018
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Anacortes | Dates: 27 – 28 Oct, 2018
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Píxwel Esq’áplh/Fall Camp Samish

Dates: 02 – 04 Nov, 2018
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Harvest Dinner

Anacortes | Dates: 17 – 17 Nov, 2018
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Culture Committee Meeting

Anacortes | Dates: 18 – 18 Nov, 2018
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Christmas Party

Anacortes | Dates: 16 – 16 Dec, 2018
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