Citizenship is an important aspect of nationhood. By exercising the right to determine who can be a citizen, the continuity and integrity of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, an independent sovereign, is assured. By becoming a citizen of the Tribe, an individual obtains the rights and benefits of citizenship in the Swinomish Tribal Community, which maintains a unique status and special relationship to the federal government.
The Enrollment Committee meets on the third Wednesday of each month for discussion and to review enrollment applications. The General Council votes on Enrollment Committee membership recommendations at the Swinomish General Council Meeting held annually in March. Approved individuals participate in a formal swearing in ceremony.
The content and appearance of Tribal Identification cards issued by the Swinomish Enrollment Department have recently changed to comply with Swinomish law and to meet additional security concerns. The Tribal ID card’s new look and an expiration date of five years should be more widely accepted as valid identification with current security measures.
- Tribal ID’s will be issued by appointment only during July 2014. Please contact Sally Wilbur at (360) 466.3900 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
- Tribal ID’s will not be issued the entire month of August 2014 due to fishing season. It is strongly recommended that those needing Tribal ID’s for August schedule an appointment during the month of July.
- Tribal ID issuance will resume September 2014.