SWINOMISH INDIAN TRIBAL COMMUNITY — The Swinomish Planning Commission expects to make a recommendation to the tribal Senate in the next 30 days on whether it should consider an ordinance that would reassert the tribe’s authority over public use of its tidelands.
The proposal has provoked the ire of non-tribal residents of the area who don’t want the tribe to infringe on their ability to enjoy the beaches.
The ordinance would give the tribal Senate the authority to close certain beach areas to people who do not have a lease or license for certain allowable activities. The tribe has said the measure is intended to protect environmentally sensitive areas.
After the Planning Commission makes a recommendation on the measure, it will go to the tribal Senate for a vote.