Who We Are

Coast Salish Peoples

We are a community of Coast Salish peoples descended from groups and bands originating from the Skagit and Samish River valleys, coastal areas surrounding nearby bays and waters, and numerous islands including Fidalgo, Camano, Whidbey and the San Juan Islands.

The Swinomish Tribe is committed to improving the lives and well being of its tribal members through social and cultural programs, education, economic development, and resource protection.

We are a community of Coast Salish peoples descended from groups and bands originating from the Skagit and Samish River valleys, coastal areas surrounding nearby bays and waters, and numerous islands including Fidalgo, Camano, Whidbey and the San Juan Islands.

The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is a federally recognized Indian Tribe that occupies the Swinomish Indian Reservation on Puget Sound in Washington State. The Tribe is governed by a Constitution and Bylaws that was originally adopted in 1936 and by the Swinomish Senate, the tribe's governing body, which is comprised of 11 elected members that serve staggered five year terms.

Each year there is an election for two of the Senate positions and every five years there is an election for three Senate positions. Following each year's election, the 11 Senators select a chairman, vice chairman, secretary and treasurer. The current officers are Mr. Brian Cladoosby, Tribal Chairman; Ms. Barbara James, Vice Chairwoman; Mr. Steve Edwards, Treasurer; and Ms. Sophie Bailey, Secretary.

Who We Are