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Image of Lorraine at Fraser River- Amy Seiders courtesy of the NWIFC

Lorraine Loomis

We are greatly saddened to hear about the passing of Lorraine Loomis. She was an incredible person and champion for fish and tribal rights. It is a great loss. Our hearts are with Lorraine’s family, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, and all who had the honor to know her.

Seattle Times Article Lorraine Loomis, Pacific Northwest champion for salmon, dies at 81

News Release from Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

Press Contact:   Chairman Steve Edwards, (360) 840-5804


Statement from Swinomish Tribal Chairman Steve Edwards

regarding the passing of Lorraine Loomis

Swinomish Indian Reservation, Fidalgo Island, Washington – Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Chairman Steve Edwards provided the following comment on the death today of Lorraine Loomis: “It is with deep sadness that I announce the passing of our beloved elder, Lorraine Loomis. Lorraine was not only the Director of the Swinomish Fisheries program for more than forty-five years and the Chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, she was also the revered matriarch of a large Swinomish family. Please join us in prayers for her family in the difficult days ahead. We will share future plans as they become available.”

The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is a federally recognized Indian Tribe with more than 900 members.  Swinomish is a legal successor to aboriginal bands that were signatory to the 1855 Treaty of Point Elliott.  Its 10,000 acre reservation is located 65 miles North of Seattle, Washington on Fidalgo Island.

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