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October 23, 2017

Experts say tribe's Shelter Bay lease proposal unsustainable
Shelter Bay Community leaders gathered a panel of experts to give residents the lowdown on the “best and final” lease proposal from the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community.
In short, the tribe’s proposal which would include substantial rent increases, could make homeownership in Shelter Bay unaffordable, the experts indicated.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017


County seeks clarification on tribal jurisdiction claims
An attorney with the Skagit County Prosecutor’s Office sent a letter to an attorney for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community seeking clarification on jurisdiction the tribe claims in proposed changes to its tribal constitution.
An amendment to the Swinomish constitution states that the tribe will have jurisdiction “over all persons, subjects, property and activities occurring within … the Tribe’s usual and accustomed fishing grounds and stations and all open and unclaimed lands…”

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Tribe seeks to eliminate federal oversight
The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community’s leadership wants to amend the tribe’s constitution so that its actions will no longer be subject to approval by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

New Shelter Bay lease moves forward
More than two-thirds of the homeowners who cast ballots in Shelter Bay last Wednesday approved negotiating a new 75-year lease with the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Shelter Bay vote count coming

On July 15,  ballots of Shelter Bay homeowners will be tallied to determine whether the community should go ahead with a proposal to negotiate a new 75-year lease with the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community.


Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Shelter Bay lease decision stresses community
The question on whether to approve the terms for a new lease for the land under the Shelter Bay development has divided the community between “Yes” and “No.”
Both sides share something in common: Fear.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Shelter Bay residents hear lease terms
The Shelter Bay Community held the first of three meetings for homeowners last night to a standing room only crowd.
People arriving at the meeting were met by a group of homeowners wearing T-shirts and carrying signs urging their neighbors to “just say no” to the new lease proposal, the Swinomish Tribe's "best and final" proposal of terms.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Local elections shaping up
The candidate filing period for the Nov. 3 general election closed on Friday and left La Conner area voters with a few contested races to decide.
Town of La Conner

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Proposed tribal land lease terms unveiled
The Swinomish Senate has provided Shelter Bay Community with what the community calls the tribe’s “best and final proposal” for its terms to extend the land lease.
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Wednesday, May 06, 2015


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