We honor our ancestors representing the four aboriginal bands, Swinomish, Samish, Lower Skagit, and Kikiallus, who joined together to form the present day Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. In 1855, Swinomish and 81 other tribes gathered at Múckl-te-óh (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 elected members of the Swinomish Senate continue that commitment by strengthening our government so that we may protect our treaty rights, 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 the region, state, and nation. We are 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, and other important institutions advocating for the rights of Native people.
No toxin detected at Lone Tree as of 9/10/2018. Toxin was detected at Samish Bay on 9/18/18. Shellfish harvest is NOT RECOMMENDED at this time.
Three swimming beaches OPEN for water contact activities as of 10/24/18. Next sample scheduled for 11/14/18.
Effective Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - The outdoor burn ban on the Swinomish Reservation is lifted. All fires four feet or more in diameter require a permit from the Swinomish Air Quality Program. Please call (360) 466-7280 for additional information.
AVAILABILITY OF PETITIONS FOR NOMINATIONAs of November 1, 2018, Petitions for Nomination will be available in the Swinomish Administration building during normal business hours. Contact Election Officer Wendy Otto at (360) 466.1134 for more information.
- SENATE SEAT 10
Chester Cayou, Jr.
- SENATE SEAT 11