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Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation

We help people identify their strengths, prepare for jobs, and achieve and maintain employment.

To Qualify You Must:

  • Have a disability that is holding you back from getting and keeping a job.
  • Be enrolled in a federally recognized tribe.
  • Live in our 5-county service area: Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, Island, or San Juan counties.
  • Have the desire to work.

Contact us today if you or someone you know might be interested in making an appointment to meet with a counselor.

Goal statement

Operate a culturally appropriate Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation program that will provide services to American Indians/Alaskan Natives with disabilities who reside in the Samish Indian Nation’s service delivery area, consistent with their individual strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, and informed choices, so that they may prepare for and engage in gainful employment, including self-employment, telecommuting, and business ownership.

Services we can provide to help gain employment (partial list)

  • Career counseling
  • Job training
  • Provide specialized equipment
  • Medical appointments
  • Interpreters for the deaf
  • Referral to mental health services
  • Referral to drug & alcohol services
  • Job placement services
  • Job retention services
  • Cultural awareness & healing

Samish Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation provides and supports traditional healers, spiritual counseling and other culturally related activities that support Native Americans in their employment goals.

Beaver Lodge Carving Studio (in-person)


Stop by to carve, paint, create, and learn more about Coast Salish art.

Dates: 13 – 13 Apr, 2024

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FULL - 2-Day Cedar Weaving Class (Anacortes)

Anacortes, WA

Learn to prepare cedar for weaving and complete a project during this 2-day class.

Dates: 13 – 13 Apr, 2024

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FULL - 2-Day Cedar Weaving Class (Anacortes)

Anacortes, WA

Learn to prepare cedar for weaving and complete a project during this 2-day class.

Dates: 14 – 14 Apr, 2024

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History Talk: Guemes Village (online + Anacortes)

Anacortes, WA

Join Tribal Chairman Tom Wooten to learn the history of Samish’s last village community.

Dates: 16 – 16 Apr, 2024

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Samish Language Series - week 6


Learn to introduce yourself in the Samish language in a 7-week class series.

Dates: 17 – 17 Apr, 2024

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Beaver Lodge Carving Studio (in-person)


Stop by to carve, paint, create, and learn more about Coast Salish art.

Dates: 19 – 19 Apr, 2024

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Beaver Lodge Carving Studio (in-person)


Stop by to carve, paint, create, and learn more about Coast Salish art.

Dates: 20 – 20 Apr, 2024

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Chat & Craft (online + Anacortes)


Join us online or in-person to catch up while working on independent craft projects.

Dates: 20 – 20 Apr, 2024

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Samish Language Series - week 7


Learn to introduce yourself in the Samish language in a 7-week class series.

Dates: 24 – 24 Apr, 2024

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Beaver Lodge Carving Studio (in-person)


Stop by to carve, paint, create, and learn more about Coast Salish art.

Dates: 26 – 26 Apr, 2024

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Samish Elders Virtual & In-Person Bingo Fun!


Samish Elders are invited to Bingo Fun!

Dates: 26 – 26 Apr, 2024

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Beaver Lodge Carving Studio (in-person)


Stop by to carve, paint, create, and learn more about Coast Salish art.

Dates: 27 – 27 Apr, 2024

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MMIP (online + Anacortes)

Anacortes,

"Walking in Balance: Two Spirit Wisdom" with presenter Rose Castilleja, Samish songs, instructor-led craft, and a Reading of Names.

Dates: 04 – 04 May, 2024

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Drum Making - midday (online)


Learn to make 12-inch drum.

Dates: 07 – 07 May, 2024

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Drum Making - evening (online)


Learn to make 12-inch drum.

Dates: 07 – 07 May, 2024

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Book Club: Red Paint (virtual)


Join us for a discussion of “Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk" by Sasha Lapointe.

Dates: 14 – 14 May, 2024

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Samish Elders Chat & Learn - Diabetes


Samish Elders are invited to learn about diabetes and wellness care.

Dates: 16 – 16 May, 2024

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Chat & Craft (online + Anacortes)


Join us online or in-person to catch up while working on independent craft projects.

Dates: 18 – 18 May, 2024

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Culture Talk: Blankets of Nobility (online + Anacortes)

Anacortes, WA

Learn about the role of Coast Salish women in fostering a social economy of generosity.

Dates: 04 – 04 Jun, 2024

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Book Club: Native Seattle (virtual)


Join us for a discussion of “Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place” by Coll Thrush.

Dates: 11 – 11 Jun, 2024

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Samish Elders Virtual Summer Gathering


If you cannot attend the Annual Elders Luncheon, Samish Elders are invited to our Samish Elders Virtual Summer Gathering.

Dates: 14 – 14 Jun, 2024

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Chat & Craft (online + Anacortes)


Join us online or in-person to catch up while working on independent craft projects.

Dates: 15 – 15 Jun, 2024

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Annual Elders Luncheon


Samish Elders and regional tribes of the Salish Sea are invited!

Dates: 28 – 28 Jun, 2024

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Book Club: 1491 (virtual)


Join us for a discussion of “1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus” by Charles C. Mann.

Dates: 15 – 15 Oct, 2024

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