Samish Indian Nation

Samish Indian Nation

About Samish Indian Nation

The Samish are a Native American tribe who live in the U.S. state of Washington. The seat of their tribal government is in Anacortes. The Samish were less sedentary than the majority of their neighboring tribes, conducting much of their fishing in the islands and channels off the coast of Skagit County, Washington. The Samish had winter villages at sites on Samish, Guemes, and Fidalgo Islands. The rest of the year, the tribe migrated throughout the San Juan Islands, moving from site to site with the salmon runs. In 1847 the tribe had over 2,000 members, although onslaught by measles, smallpox, ague and attacks from Haida and Tsimshian tribes from the north decreased the...'