Indian tribe acquires Similk Beach Golf Course


The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community has acquired a 250-acre parcel it’s sought since 1873, and the site comes with a bonus: Similk Beach Golf Course.

For the tribe, the transaction is truly historic. The property, in Anacortes, Washington, was removed from its reservation via an executive order signed by President Ulysses S. Grant. Since the early 20th century, the land has been owned by the Morgan-Turner family.

“I get choked up just thinking about how many generations of Swinomish people have waited for this day,” said Tribal Chairman Brian Cladoosby.

The Skagit Valley Herald reports that tribe intends to continue operating the course, which opened in 1945.

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