Upper Skagit Tribe
Upper Skagit Tribe
Upper Skagit Tribal Health Facility
2284 Community Plaza
Sedro Woolley WA 98284
About the Clinic
The Clinic is located
at 2284 Community Plaza in Sedro,
Washington. The NWSUHB is a
non-profit organization established in the early 1980's. The Health Board
contracts for sanitarian services under a P.L. 93-638, Title I consortium
The Tribe provides
limited primary care services in a 4,500 SF medical clinic built in 1995.
Health programs are funded through a P.L. 93-638, Title I contract with the
IHS. With its base funding the Tribe operates a Family Services Program that
employs a full-time physician's assistant, a public health nurse one day per
week, two full-time CHRs, and one full-time alcohol counselor. Specialty
services include WIC and ECEAP. Through a contract with the Lummi Nation, Upper Skagit purchases the on-site services of a
nutritionist one day a week, a mental health counselor two days a week, and
medical doctor one day per month. One full-time position is funded and the
sanitarian provides services one day a week at Upper
Skagit. Services include supervision of contaminated waste
handling, food handling permits, health inspections of tribal facilities, water
quality and sewage management, vector control and solid waste disposal, among
other duties as assigned by the tribal health department. The Tribe's Contract
Health Service Delivery Area (CHSDA) is Skagit County.
The Tribe's Contract Health Services program is funded and administered by the
Swinomish Tribes through a consortium agreement.
Patients who have no
other medical coverage travel to the Lummi
Center for direct care services that
are not provided at the Upper
Center. The clinic bills
Medicaid, Medicare and other third-party payers. The Health Center
had 1,510 primary care visits and 118 other patient visits for a total of 1,628
patient visits for FY 1996. The Upper Skagit Tribe is part of the Northwest
Washington Service Unit Health Board (NWSUHB) that also includes Lummi,
Nooksack and Swinomish. The enrolled tribal population is 504 and the Indian
population living on or near the reservation is 457. The active health clinic
user population is 382. The leading causes of death are heart disease,
malignant neoplasm, cerebrovascular disease, motor vehicle accidents and
digestive diseases. There were 411 Active users in 2002.
About the Tribe
The Upper Skagit
Reservation covers an 84-acre parcel of land east of Sedro Woolley in Skagit County.
An additional 15 acres of non-developed commercial land is located along
Interstate 5 near the town of Alger.
The reservation is located in the Cascade foothills. The Upper Skagit Tribe is
governed by a seven member Tribal Council elected in accordance with the Tribal
Constitution and by-laws approved by the Secretary of the Interior in 1974.
Council members serve for staggered three-year terms.
About the Area
City: Sedro Woolley, population
6,290. Elevation 55. County: Skagit,
population 69,500. Native American 1,484, 32% of nonwhite, 2% of total
population. 1,735 square miles. County extends inland to the Cascades from
Rosario Strait at Anacortes and Mt.
Vernon. County's assessed
value averages $2,463 an acre.. Average temperatures 41-60. Principal
industries: Wood products, petroleum and coal processing, food processing,
Rainfall (Mt. Vernon):
Other Offices and Programs
A new economic
development office. They have an economic development plan.
Total Tribal Employees
to FTE, depending on seasonal fluctuations of fire crew. 5 contract employees.
tribal housing is not available.
Upper Skagit Tribe
signatory of the Treaty of Point Elliott, the Upper Skagit people are descended
from a tribe with ten separate villages on the Upper Skagit and Sauk Rivers
state. Our ancestors eventually consolidated, but a separate reservation was
not originally established, and some tribal members had to reside on other
reservations, primarily Swinomish. Our Tribe received formal federal
recognition in early 1970s, with land put into trust for the tribe in 1984.
The Tribe provides limited primary care services in a 4,500
SF medical clinic built in 1995. Health programs are funded through the IHS.
The user population in 1998 was 408. The Tribe operates the following programs:
- Family Services Program, including outpatient primary
care, public health nursing, community health representatives, substance
abuse counseling, nutrition, and mental health
- Patients may also receive direct medical care services
at the Lummi Tribal Health Centers
- Northwest Washington Service Unit Health Board (NWSUHB)
- Part-time sanitarian services, including supervision of
contaminated waste handling, food handling permits, health inspections of
tribal facilities, water quality and sewage management, vector control and
solid waste disposal
Upper Skagit Tribal Health
25959 Community Plaza Way
Sedro Woolley, WA
the Upper Skagit Tribe were among the signatories to the Point Elliott Treaty
of 1855. The government said the Upper Skagit were not one group, there were
villages that made up the Upper Skagit.
Surveyors from the Northern Pacific Railroad crossed Upper
Skagit land in 1870. Then came the white settlers. The Upper Skagit people were angered when the white settlers
crossed on their lands that held their dead. The Upper
Skagit people suffered from diseases from white contact.
The tribe operates
under bylaws and constitution that was adopted on December 4, 1936. The tribe
is governed by the seven-member Upper Skagit Tribal Council. In January of 1951
the tribe filed a claim for the consideration for the lands ceded to the United States
was unconscionably low. On September 23, 1968 a final judgment ordered for the
tribe to be awarded $385,471.42.