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Samish Indian Nation

Samish Indian Nation is proud to announce the acceptance of the Samish Indian Nation Timeline storymap into the ESRI ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World. The inclusion into the Atlas expands the reach of the storymap, creating a resource that is available to all GIS users, regardless of location or affiliation.

The storymap was created by GIS Program Manager, Casey Palmer-McGee, to help visualize Samish’s unique history and its deep connection to the Salish Sea. Through this timeline, Samish hopes that people will learn more about the past, present and future of the Tribe, and its integral connection to Washington state and United States history.

Pictured: A screenshot of Samish Indian Nation Timeline from Online Living Atlas of the World.

Pictured: A screenshot of Samish Indian Nation Timeline from Online Living Atlas of the World.

“We created this storymap as a way for Samish citizens to stay connected to their history and culture,” said Palmer-McGee. “And to help tell the story of the Samish Indian Nation to our neighbors, our community and the greater population, who may not know about Samish’s challenging history as a small Tribal Nation. It is such an honor to be included in the ArcGIS Atlas of the World, where Samish’s history can live on forever.”

Since its creation in 2017, the timeline has been a valuable resource to Samish citizens and the general public, first as a Sway document, and newly updated in 2021 to the format of a GIS storymap. The priorities of the timeline are to preserve, protect and promote Samish culture and traditions, and by joining this expansive database, it will be available to people around the world.

The ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World is an online database that connects people, locations and information through interactive maps. The software uses contextual tools to gain greater insights, visualize and analyze data about landscapes. By utilizing an ArcGIS storymap timeline, Samish created a precise and engaging way to look back in the past of the Tribe’s history and towards the future of its people. This is designed to be a living document that can be updated as this culture continues to grow and thrive for the next seven generations and beyond.

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About the Samish Indian Nation

The Samish Indian Nation is the successor to the large and powerful Samish Nation, a signatory to the Treaty of Point Elliot in 1855. Linguistically and culturally, the Tribe is grouped as Coast Salish and traditionally speaks a dialect known as “Straits Salish,” rather than Lushootseed dialect that is common to other neighbors in the region. The Tribe’s Traditional Territory historically stretched over a wide area from the Cascade mountains to the far western shores of the San Juan Islands.

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