Swinomish Government Affairs monitors and responds to federal, state and local legislation on behalf of the tribe. The department also works closely with federal, state and local governments, organizations and agencies and our congressional delegation to educate and support pro-tribal legislation and appropriations.
The Tribe participates in the National Congress of American Indians, National Indian Gaming Association, National Tribal Self-Governance Consortium, Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians and the Association of Washington Tribes, as well as several environmental protection, health and social services organzations that benefit from the combined strength of the member tribes working together to support common interests.
Swinomish Chairman Brian Cladoosby is the current chair of the Association of Washington Tribes and was elected President of Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) for a 3-year term in 2009. As ATNI President, Cladoosby represents tribes from the Pacific Northwest region on the executive committee of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI).