Sauk-Suiattle Tribal Community Clinic
5318 Chief Brown Lane
Darrington WA 98241
About the Clinic
To promote and facilitate engineering planning and construction support for the IHS national facilities program by developing and enhancing relationships among Tribes, area offices, and Service Unit engineers and related professionals dealing in building health care systems.
Attainment of the IHS and DHHS missions
The DFPC mission is achieved by:
* Maintaining a priority list based on relative need.
* Supporting tribes when they choose to assume facilities-related responsibilities.
* Planning health care and associated facilities to minimize facility life-cycle costs.
* Planning, promoting, & constructing improvements to exist. Facilities where they are not optimally functional.
* Planning & constructing new facilities when existing facilities do not exist or cannot be effectively improved.
* Developing state-of-the-art facilities with efficient and effective facilities planning.
* Targeting the unmet need with limited resources for maximum effectiveness.
To be a Global Health Care Facilities Engineering Division leading cutting edge professionalism in support of Public Health advances and development of solutions to the Indian Health Service challenges.
The clinic has 611 SF and is owned and operated by the Tribe. The Tribe’s Contract Health Service Delivery Area (CHSDA) is Snohomish and Skagit Counties. The enrolled tribal population is 183 and the Indian population living on or near the reservation is 273.
The Tribe operates a small outpatient clinic with a public health nurse that provides direct medical care four days per week. Additional medical care is available via a “fee for service” contract, with the Darrington Health Clinic. The Tribe also operates programs: elder care, alcohol/substance abuse, mental health and social services and youth intervention services. The Tribe does not bill Medicare or Medicaid. Programs are operated under a P.L. 93-638, Title I contract with the IHS.
The active health clinic user population is 175. The leading causes of death are heart disease, malignant neoplasm, cirrhosis of the liver, accidents other than motor vehicle, and cerebrovascular disease. There were 65 Active users in 2002.
About the Tribe
The Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe is a Puget Sound Salish speaking group. They lived along the Sauk and Suiattle rivers, tributaries of the Skagit River. The Tribe fished for salmon, a staple in their diet, in the Sauk, Suiattle, and Cascade Rivers by using gaff hooks, spears, and net and fish weirs. The Tribe also hunted game and gathered wild berries and roots. Like many of the coastal tribes the Sauk-Suiattle built permanent winter homes from split red cedar planks. The Tribe elects a seven member Tribal Council to staggered three-year terms. The Sauk-Suiattle Tribe has a constitution, by-laws, fishing, and election ordinance and law and order code. The Reservation consists of two parcels in Skagit and Snohomish Counties with a total of 23 acres.
City: Darrington, population 11,020, elevation 527 ft. County: Snohomish, population 393,600, Native American 4,412, 15% of non-white population, 1% of total. 2,098 square miles extending from Puget Sound to Cascades. Rainfall (Everett) 45.2 inches, temperatures 42-59. Assessed value of Snohomish County averages $10,922 an acre. Principal industries: Transportation equipment (Boeing), wood products, food processing, electronics. County: Skagit, population 69,500, Native American 1,484, 32% of non-white or 2% of total population. 1,735 square miles. (County extends inland to the Cascades from Rosario Strait at Anacortes and Mt. Vernon.) Assessed value of Skagit County averages $2,463 Principal industries: Wood products, petroleum and coal processing, food processing, agriculture.
Rainfall (Mt. Vernon) 32.2 inches. Average Temperatures 41-60.
237 enrolled members.
Other Offices and Programs
One multi-purpose building that houses administration, pre-school, and housing at the main address.
Total Tribal Employees
No information on tribal housing available.