For WA State Tribal Fishers: NOAA Cares Act Relief Payments Coming Friday

Relief Payments from NOAA Cares Act State Funds coming Friday for Washington state ceremonial/subsistence fishers as well as for commercial fishers.

Note: this is NOT part of the COVID-19 Hardship Assistance program recently announced by Suquamish Tribal Council. This is a completely separate program.

Payments will be issued Friday, July 30, for all Tribal members 18 years old and above as part of NOAA Cares Act STATE  funds earmarked for subsistence and/or ceremonial fishers. Because all Tribal members are subsistence fishers, this payment will go out to all Tribal members residing in the state.

Payments will be made to those who were at least 18 years old prior to June 30, 2020, as that was the deadline for harvestable species dates required within Jan. 1, 2020 to June 31, 2020 window.

Payment will also be made to commercial fishers as part of Cares Act STATE Funds paid out by species catch. Each species payout will be per species for clams, halibut, and geoduck.

Payments will be made by mail or direct deposit. If you’ve had an address change, please be sure to update your records with enrollment by Sept. 20, 2021 to receive your payment. We encourage everyone to make sure their address is current.

Suquamish Tribe COVID-19 Hardship Assistance Policy and Application

UPDATE August 4, 2021:

Because of last week’s technical issues with the Online form, we are resending links via SUN to new online application forms. The links already went to Elders. The new ones will go to several different identical DocuSign forms.

You also have the option of filling in hard copy forms at the Tribal Administration Building, or downloading the form linked to below and returning it via email or mail (see #2 and #3 below).

Payments will be deposited and mailed beginning on August 13, and will roll out from there.

Deadline for applications is October 31, 2021.


The current COVID-19 pandemic continues to place unprecedented hardships on tribal families. The Suquamish Tribe believes that providing tribal households with COVID-19 hardship assistance will help alleviate some of the hardships families are currently facing in these challenging times and will assist in improving individual welfare and the welfare of his or her family. The COVID-19 hardship assistance is to assist Suquamish Tribal Members for uses, including, but not limited to the following:

  • Covering housing or living expenses (ex. groceries, utilities, internet, etc.).
  • Paying rent or mortgage.
  • Covering unforeseen costs for emergency individual/family needs.
  • Covering unforeseen expenses in obtaining hygiene/PPE (ex. Masks, disinfectants, clean water, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Covering costs related to remote work/student remote learning.
  • Covering unforeseen costs for medical expenses, including mental health counseling, due to COVID-19.
  • Covering unforeseen childcare expenses, including loss of childcare.
  • Other COVID-related economic hardships.


  1. Applicants must be enrolled Suquamish Tribal Members at least 18 years of age.
  2. The amount of COVID-19 hardship assistance will be determined by the Suquamish Tribal Council on an as-needed basis and will be distributed to each eligible individual Tribal Member.

Application Requirement:

Enrolled Suquamish Tribal Members at least 18 years of age are required to complete, sign and submit the COVID-19 Hardship Assistance Application under this policy to receive the one-time COVID-19 Hardship Assistance Distribution.

How to Apply

There are three ways to apply:

  1. Online Form: SPECIAL NOTICE(7/29/21): We are experiencing technical difficulties with the online form. We’re working hard to fix the problem. We will have a new link posted as soon as possible. In the meantime, please do NOT use the link that was previously provided. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.
  2. Via email:
    Download and fill out this form and send via email to:
  3. Via regular mail:
    Print this form, or pick up a hard copy at Tribal Government front lobby, and mail to:
    Suquamish Tribe
    (Attn: Shenowah Purser)
    P.O. Box 498
    Suquamish, WA 98392

Note on Direct Deposit

Direct Deposit is not required to receive payment, but it is the fastest and safest way to receive relief funds.

If you have not already signed up for Direct Deposit and would like to, you can now sign-up for Suquamish Tribe Direct Deposit completely online with this easy DocuSign form.

You can also download Suquamish Tribe’s Direct Deposit form here. Just return the filled-out form to the Finance Department.










Suquamish Tribe Beginning Weekly Vaccination Celebration Raffle July 9

In celebration and appreciation of Suquamish Tribe community members who have gotten their COVID-19 vaccination, the Suquamish Tribe will begin weekly prize drawings every Friday starting on July 9.

Suquamish Tribal members and their households, Suquamish Government staff, and PME employees who have received their COVID-19 vaccination are eligible to win.

Three prizes will be awarded each week. Prizes include a special gift basket, Eighth Generation blankets, and a night’s stay at the Clearwater Resort.

That’s about $500 worth of prizes each week!

Suquamish Tribe community members vaccinated through the Tribe’s Vaccination Clinic are automatically entered to win. That includes all youth who were vaccinated in collaboration with Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe.

If you were vaccinated somewhere else, all you need to do to enter is email your proof of vaccination to

Those who decide to get vaccinated can also enter by emailing in their proof of vaccination. Vaccinations are now available for free at most pharmacies.

Entries submitted by noon every Friday, or already in the drawing pool from previous weeks, will be eligible for that afternoon’s raffle.

Suquamish Tribe leaders encourage everyone who can get vaccinated to get their shots. The more people in our community who are protected from COVID-19, the safer everyone will be. Even if you’re not concerned about contracting this dangerous disease, please do it for our Elders, for our children who can’t yet get vaccinated, and those with compromised immune systems.

Suquamish Tribe “All in WA” Pandemic Assistance Eligibility

To determine if you are eligible for Suquamish Tribe’s “All in WA” pandemic assistance program, please answer the following questions:

  • Are you an Enrolled Suquamish Tribal Member and at least 18 years old OR are you the head of a household caring for a Suquamish Youth living in your home?
  • Do you reside in any of the following counties: Kitsap, Jefferson, King, Mason, Pierce, Snohomish or Whatcom county?
  • Have you been directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?

If you answered YES to ALL the questions and have documentation to verify that your household income has been directly impacted by the pandemic, you may be eligible for COVID-19 Financial Assistance through the Human Services “All In WA” Grant.

Please call Human Services at (360) 394-8465 to pick up an application.

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POLL: 2021 General Council

Dear Tribal members,

This poll is to guide Tribal leaders in preparing for a successful General Council meeting. This is not a substitute for voting. The results of question 1 will be used to guide Tribal attorneys in drafting a resolution for a General Council vote. Other questions are to guide preparations.


COVID-19 Vaccination Survey

Have you so far opted NOT to get vaccinated from COVID-19?

The Suquamish Tribe has now vaccinated hundreds of Tribal members and their families. Some, however, have still not been vaccinated.

If you are a Suquamish Tribal Member, Family Member, Government Staffer, or Tribal Business Employee who has NOT yet been vaccinated, Suquamish Government health professionals would like to better understand why.

Please take this short, anonymous survey, so we can best plan for future vaccination distributions.


Vaccination Survey

  • I am a:
  • Check all that apply

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The Suquamish Tribal Council has opted to provide the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Tribal members who would like to receive it.

The purpose of this survey is to gauge how many people will be interested in getting the vaccine so that staff can be better prepared to distribute it.

There are only five brief questions and all responses are completely anonymous.

If you are certain others in your household won’t take the survey but you are reasonably sure of their answers, feel free to take the survey again for each person. Just click on the link you received and reanswer all the questions.

The Moderna vaccine requires two shots in order to receive full protection. The second shot must be given a month after the first. Both shots will be administered by Tribal staff on Port Madison Indian Reservation.

When both doses are taken, the Moderna vaccine provides 95 percent protection against COVID-19. Most side effects are a good sign that the vaccine is working as intended.

COVID-19 Vaccine Survey

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  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

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