Going to the local casino this weekend? Swinomish tribe files class action lawsuit against the City of Oak Harbor

If you are planning on visiting one of our local Indian Casinos anytime in the near future I would certainly be aware of the class action lawsuit filed by the Swinomish Tribe and consider visiting one of the many other casino’s in our area.

The local Swinomish Casino is owned and operated by the Swinomish Tribe, the entity that is suing Oak Harbor for a reported 9 million dollars.


While it is unfortunate that the tribe is suing Oak Harbor it is not unexpected. Oak Harbor citizens have made poor choices in it’s leadership in the past and that leadership was directly responsible for this lawsuit. While our previous Mayor Jim Slowik and members of the City Council, many of them still serving as Council Members, made extremely poor choices in regards to this issue it is sad to see one of our local tribes attempting to make a monetary settlement that will only serve to directly damage the citizens of our community.

Our current administration and Mayor has made every attempt to right the wrongs done by the previous administration by replacing employees that were involved but apparently that has fallen on deaf ears with the leaders of the Swinomish Tribe and they have chosen to punish the citizens of this community who will eventually be paying for this lawsuit.

The City of Oak Harbor has already paid over 4 million dollars in costs since the discovery of these grave sites and has attempted to work with the tribe to do the right thing since the discovery but that is not enough. The tribe is wanting more than that, they want us to not only do the right thing but also punish the citizens for our leaders mistakes.

We as citizens have a choice in not patronizing an establishment that is owned by the same entity that is bringing a very expensive lawsuit against the citizens of the city we live in.

I know I will not be visiting the Swinomish Casino or any other Swinomish entity now or in the near future. I would also encourage others to gamble, buy gas and tobacco products elsewhere until the Swinomish Tribe realizes that they are suing the very people that have made them successful.

The Skagit Valley Casino Resort on Bow Hill Road is just a short drive farther than the Swinomish Casino and at least you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you are not supporting a tribe that is suing the city you live in.


  1. Additionally, let’s not forget their fire works stands which will open shortly for the 4th. of July. I suggest all that live in Oak Harbor Boycott those stands.

  2. All I can say is:

    “Thank you, thank you, thank you, (former) Oak Harbor Mayor Jim Slowik for unequivocally proving to everyone else that you are truly the putz that I have been telling folks you are for more than the past decade.

    Your timeline-rush for the Pioneer Way project to ensure you could have a “victory” celebration as part of your (failed) re-election campaign, coupled with your previous wanton disregard for the warnings from the State of Washington to plan accordingly for the likely inadvertent discovery of archeological remains, are the two primary reasons this lawsuit has come to be!

    The next thing we citizens need to do is purge from the Oak Harbor City Council those ostrich-imitating knuckleheads who still defend your mayoral legacy of hubris!”

    1. And if anyone wonders why our new Mayor Scott Dudley cleaned house in the city administration one has to look no further than this debacle.

      Rick Almberg and Bob Severns along with Mayor Jim Slowik were the chief proponents of this fiasco and need to be replaced. They purposely ignored the warnings that were given and now the citizens of Oak Harbor are paying the price with this huge lawsuit. This was a rushed project designed to make it happen before the people had a chance to stop it.


      Note—Remember the same council members are also hurrying the new city septic treatment plant or “Clean Water Utility”.

      Rick Almberg did not want the design of the new treatment system to go out to competitive bid in an effort to save time. This is another rushed project brought to you by our City Council members who have no respect for the taxpayers dollars.

      Just wait until the treatment plant is completed, look at your monthly bill and then try and figure out why it is so expensive. You will have the members of your council and Rick Almberg to thank for the huge, and I mean huge cost increase in your basic services.

      Many members of our council have not learned their lesson and desparately need to be replaced…

  3. A company called Smart Energy Today sent me an invitation for two to dinner FREE at the Swinomish Casino & Lodge to be held June 24 or 25 at 6:00 PM. The invitation requested an RSVP so I call and left my name and phone number. I received a call from a very nice woman and explained that I was unable to attend as I was encouraging Oak Harbor citizens to Boycott the Swinomish Tribe because of the Nine Million Dollar law suit they have filed against the City of Oak harbor and it’s citizens. The woman replied that she was unaware of that and she would pass on the information.

  4. In my opinion the Smart Energy Today product that is a radiative barrier is WAY oversold. I think it could actually be damaging to the home if not installed very specifically. Beyond that I think it would lose it’s effectiveness if not kept clean. Who’s going to do that in the attic. I think there are better ways to spend your money. Don’t waste your time with the free dinner.

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