The Swinomish people live in the Skagit Valley of Washington State, rooted along the Salish Sea. We are the People of the Salmon and our way of life is sustained by our connection to the water and the lands where we have fished, gathered, and hunted since time immemorial.
We honor our ancestors representing four aboriginal bands: Swinomish, Samish, Lower Skagit and Kikiallus, who joined together to form the present day Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. Seven generations ago, in 1855, Swinomish Chiefs and eighty-one other tribal Chiefs gathered at Múckl-te-óh (present-day Mukilteo, Washington) to sign the Treaty of Point Elliott.
Our ancestors committed to protecting a way of life passed down from generation to generation. The eleven elected members of the Swinomish Senate continue that commitment by strengthening our government so that we may protect our treaty, culture and collective wellbeing. As a sovereign nation, we engage in local, state and interstate commerce, manage our natural resources, and exercise power over our homelands and waters.
We value collaboration with fellow tribal and non-tribal governments. Our partnerships spread throughout Washington state, the Pacific region and the nation. As a tribal community, we are proud and honored to play leadership roles through partnerships with the Association of Washington Tribes, the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, the National Congress of American Indians, as well as other important institutions advocating for the rights of Native people.