Angel of the Winds Sends Swinomish Message of Solidarity

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In an unprecedented show of unity and support, the Angel of the Winds Tribal Community held their employee golf tournament at Swinomish Golf Links, despite a recent act of vandalism to the Skagit County golf course.

In an unprecedented show of unity and support, the Angel of the Winds Tribal Community held their employee golf tournament at Swinomish Golf Links, despite a recent act of vandalism to the Skagit County golf course. Swinomish Indian Tribal Community officials believe a harsh, grass-killing chemical was methodically applied to 17 of the course’s 20 greens, causing damage and lost revenue in excess of $400,000.

“Our immediate reaction was to view this senseless destruction as a tragic event, and it is,” said Swinomish Golf Links representative Dallas Widmark. “But at the same time, it’s given us the opportunity to see the inherent goodness in our community, embodied by this message from our brothers and sisters at Angel of the Winds. Bad things happen to all of us, but good things can come of it, and we’re tremendously thankful for the widespread outpouring of friendship and support from the entire community, including this display of brotherhood.”

The 100-acre course was closed on Monday, June 11 in order to dig up and completely replace the sod beneath the previously smooth-rolling, well-maintained greens. The course, along with a brand new short game practice area, is slated to reopen in July with a large community appreciation day. In the meantime, the driving range and Pro Shop will both remain open, and lessons will continue to be available.

The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community continues to offer a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest. Any and all leads should be directed to Lt. Cowan at the Swinomish Police Department or the tip line at 360-588-2770.

About Swinomish
The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is made up of Coast Salish peoples originating from the Skagit and Samish River valleys. For over 30 years, the tribal community has owned and operated the Swinomish Casino & Lodge along with the Swinomish Golf Links, growing it from a small bingo operation in 1985 to a modern gaming facility. Today, they are proud to be one of the leading employers around Skagit County. For more information, visit http://www.swinomishcasinoandlodge.com.

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