Samish Tribal Council issued a Declaration of Tribal Emergency in response to COVID-19 on March 12, 2020, out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our citizens, employees, and community partners in the face of this pandemic. Tribal leadership has been closely following guidance issued by WA State Department of Health, and our regional health departments. Governor Inslee’s phased plan for recovery does not allow for gatherings of 50 or more until well past the end of June, and Tribal Council and Senior staff concur the annual General Council meeting set for June 28th occurs too soon to take place in person this year. The Tribe instead plans to offer a Virtual General Council meeting online, voting age (18 by June 28th) citizen participants will be muted but will be able to view the presentations, and submit questions in advance of the meeting for Council to respond to at the end of the meeting, submit by June 17th for consideration during the Q&A portion of the agenda on June 28th.
Subject: General Council Question
By regular mail:
Samish General Council Question
c/o Samish Indian Nation
PO Box 217
Anacortes, WA 98221
Register to attend the Virtual General Council Meeting
Citizens voting age (age 18 or over by June 28th) must register to attend the online meeting through the citizen login section of the website. Registration begins June 1st. The Tribal Technology Department will have several test sessions early in June for our Citizens to make sure they have a seamless experience on the day of the meeting. We will also have help desk staffing the meeting on June 28th to resolve issues with connecting.
Citizens 18 and older who do not have internet access will have an option to call and listen to the meeting. Call Anna Bromberger, Event Planner, at 360-726-3666 to register for an audio conference call option.
Elders Banquet & June Cultural Day
While we are disappointed to not gather for our inter-tribal elders banquet in person this year, we are excited to offer an online Elders Gathering on June 26th, as well as a variety of online Cultural activities on Saturday, June 27th, see the list of available options and how to register on the June 26th and 27th Calendar notices.