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.

SENATOR TERM
Brian Cladoosby, spee pots - Chairman
2010-2015
Brian Porter, ya-qua-leouse - Vice Chair
2011-2016
Sophie Bailey, sapelia - Secretary 2010-2015
Barbara James, to-leq-tole II - Treasurer 2013-2018
Steve Edwards, yal-le-ka-but - Senator 2012-2017
Chester Cayou, Jr., paya-hux-ton - Senator 2014-2019
Kevin Paul, wah lee hub - Senator 2011-2016
Leon John - Senator 2012-2017
Glen Edwards, cha-das-cud II - Senator 2011-2016
Tandy Wilbur, kaniɁtǝd - Senator
2011-2016
Brian Wilbur, Sӿladatǝd - Senator 2014-2019

Who We Are