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Elders

Our S7elálexw (old people) have always been the holders of wisdom and teachers of the generations to come. They are our most valuable resource. Our program works hard to help them continue sharing their gifts.

Since it is impossible to meet in person during the pandemic, we continue to look for ways to engage our elders and keep them connected. Reaching out to elders and providing the needed services remains a priority. We are continuing to meet elder's food and nutrient needs with meals and grocery deliveries within Skagit, Island, and San Juan counties. Please contact Allison, and we will be happy to put together a meal, grocery bag, or a craft to do. We miss everyone and hope that you are taking good care of yourselves. We look forward to seeing you when we do open.

Elders Program Schedule / When We Can Safely Meet Again

Healthy and nutritious congregate meals are served in the Elders Program building Monday through Friday each week.

Beading and giveaway craft classes meet weekly for crafting and social interaction.

Every Wednesday, participating elders receive health and wellness check-ups and medical counseling by the Samish Health Department.

Once a month, elders participate in community and peer support through the Wisdom Warriors Program.

Caregiver Resources Available

Samish Caregivers Program coordinates with the Samish Social Services Department to provide services to support the Caregivers' needs. The program includes community information assistance, respite care, training, and supplemental services for unpaid caregivers of an elder or young child where the caregiver or the elder/child is American Indian or Alaskan Native within Skagit, Island, and San Juan counties. Caregivers and those they are caring for are welcome to participate in all Elder Program activities. Please contact Allison for more information.

Virtual Elders Gatherings and Bingo Fun!

Samish Elders are invited to our Virtual Elders Gatherings. We meet online every quarter for good conversations, activities, games, and prizes. In between our quarterly gatherings, we meet online for an hour of Bingo Fun! The events are posted on the events calendar (click here), or you may contact Allison for details and to RSVP. We hope to see you there!

Veterans Program

We are updating our veteran's list and would like to know if you are a military veteran. Please provide your name, branch of the military, and years served. Also, include your mailing address, phone, and email. We want to thank you for your service by gifting you a Samish Indian Nation veteran's vest. Please send your information to Allison.

Recipes Needed for our Elders Cookbook

We are putting together an Elders recipe cookbook. The publication will feature traditional native food recipes, along with favorite family recipes. Please send your recipe(s) to Allison or mail: Samish Indian Nation, PO Box 217, Anacortes, WA 98221. We will gladly accept one or more recipes per household.

Chat & Craft


Chat & Craft

Dates: 13 – 13 Dec, 2022

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Book Club: Custer Died for Your Sins


Book Club: Custer Died for Your Sins

Dates: 15 – 15 Dec, 2022

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Book Club: Northwest Native Harvest


Book Club: Northwest Native Harvest

Dates: 05 – 05 Jan, 2023

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Samish Elders Virtual Bingo Fun!


Samish Elders Virtual Bingo Fun!

Dates: 27 – 27 Jan, 2023

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Samish Elders Virtual Spring Gathering


Samish Elders Virtual Spring Gathering

Dates: 03 – 03 Mar, 2023

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Samish Elders Virtual Bingo Fun!


Samish Elders Virtual Bingo Fun!

Dates: 28 – 28 Apr, 2023

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