As the COVID-19 situation in Washington State continues to evolve, the Samish Indian Nation is monitoring closely and taking appropriate steps to keep our citizens and staff safe. We will be updating this page often, and using the Tribe's social media platforms (Facebook and Instagram) to keep our community connected.
July 29, 2020: Read Resolution 2020-07-013: Directive to Wear Face Masks to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 (pdf)
April 21, 2020: Read Chairman Wooten's March 24 letter to Tribal citizens (pdf)
Many Samish and Washington State programs are ready to assist you. Contact:
Please Stay Home, Stay Healthy!
Watch a special message from Skagit County community leaders, including Samish Chairman Tom Wooten:
Messages from local leaders. from Skagit County on Vimeo.
Canceled Events and Activities
- Elder Congregate Meals at Summit Park
All daily meals are canceled until further notice. Contact Elders Program Administrator Allison Coonc at 360-726-3857 to arrange for prepared meal packages for pickup or delivery.
- Cultural Classes
Postponed until further notice.
- Samish Health Fair
Cancelled as a precautionary measure
- Beaver Lodge Carving Shed
Closed until further notice.
- Tribal Council Meetings
Regularly scheduled in-person tribal council meetings will be conducted via videoconference. Tribal citizens over age 18 should contact Executive Secretary Denise Gaggens at 360-726-2387 to arrange for a call-in phone number. You must contact Denise the Thursday before the meeting at the latest.
Office and Facility Closures
- Tribal Offices
Samish employees are working from home beginning March 13, 2020. We are keeping services available via remote operation consistent with our continuity-of-operations plan. We will return emails and phone calls in a timely manner as usual. See our staff directory for contact info.
- Samish Longhouse Head Start & Early Learning Center
The Samish Longhouse is closed starting Tuesday, March 17, consistent with Anacortes School District closures and Governor Inslee's order. No visitors or volunteers are permitted.
The Samish Indian Nation encourages you to educate yourself on COVID-19 from official sources and take recommended steps to protect yourselves and others.