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.

SENATORTERM
Brian Cladoosby, spee pots - Chairman
2015-2020
Brian Porter, ya qua leouse - Vice Chair
2016-2021
Sophie Bailey, sapelia - Secretary 2015-2020
Barbara James, taleq tale II - Treasurer 2013-2018
Steve Edwards, yal le ka but - Senator 2012-2017
Chester Cayou, Jr., pay a huxton - Senator 2014-2019
Kevin Paul, wa lee hub - Senator 2016-2021
Leon John, smǝkǝlǝ - Senator 2012-2017
Glen Edwards, cha das cud II - Senator 2013-2018
Joesph Williams, squi qui - Senator
2016-2021
Brian Wilbur, sӿladated - Senator 2014-2019

Who We Are