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Samish Indian Nation

The Samish Indian Nation, under its economic developing entity Samcor Inc., continues to develop its plans to build a convenience store and fuel station on Samish trust land in Anacortes, Wash. The station will be located at the intersection of SR20 and Almida Vista Place and service all travelers in the area.

By operating “Samcor Fuels & More,” Samish Indian Nation aims to grow the economic outlook of the Tribe and the community.

“Our mission is to create opportunities for Tribal members to help improve their lives, whether through upcoming business prospects or through the revenue generated through this convenience store” said Carey Thurston, president of Samcor. “‘Samcor Fuels & More’ will provide opportunity for growth for the entire Anacortes community, not just citizens of the Samish Indian Nation.”

Prior to announcing the project, Samcor performed an Environmental Assessment under the National Environmental Policy Act; the results did not show any reason for significant environmental impact. Samcor is taking every step to ensure that the development protects the local ecosystem and the environment.

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The station will be constructed according to all current International Building Code requirements and in compliance with Washington State Department of Ecology’s 2014 Stormwater Management Manual for Western Washington. Stormwater will be managed on the site with a modular wetland and detention pond.

Lighting will be full cut-off and International Dark-Sky Association approved. A street-level monument sign will provide direction into the site.

The Samish Indian Nation is also working with Washington State Department of Transportation to improve access from SR20 at Almida Vista. On a separate project, Samish Indian Nation is funding the construction of a roundabout on SR20 at Campbell Lake Road with the goal of improving transportation access to those traveling to or from Tribal land.

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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.