All Washingtonians aspire to the same basic things - safe communities, excellent schools, decent jobs, clean air and water, good health and roads and transit that make travel easy. We want our kids to have more opportunities than were given to us. And we value a culture where neighbors help neighbors.
Washington's tribal government leaders are making investments to improve the lives of people on their reservations and throughout the state.
Tribal governments are investing in:
Public safety - setting up police, fire and court services on reservations; and providing financial aid to city and county police/sheriff agencies and fire districts
Education - building K-12 tribal schools and providing college scholarships; and giving grants to make up for budget cuts in public schools
Jobs - investing in retail, tourism, entertainment and manufacturing projects to create jobs for all people, especially in rural communities.
This website shares information about how Washington State's 29 tribes are helping to build a better future for everyone.
January 30th, 2013 - WIGA is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for their 2013 - 2014 Scholarships! A total of up to $60,000 will be awarded to tribal enrolled students pursuing degrees at community & technical colleges, four-year colleges, and post-graduate and professional schools. Applications MUST be postmarked no later than March 31st, 2013. To download an application, click here.
December 7th, 2012 - Indian tribes in Washington state are undertaking a number of major economic development projects, diversifying tribal economies, creating jobs and pumping dollars into the region. View article
November 5th, 2012 - Jonathan B. Taylor, a nationally respected economist, has released a report detailing the positive economic impacts of Indian Tribes in Washington state in 2012. View report
October 5th, 2012 - Help our Facebook Page get to 10,000 Fans! A message from WIGA Chairman W. Ron Allen.
August 17th, 2012 - The Washington Tribes are building an online photo archive of tribal investments and cultural events across the state. Find it on our Flickr page here!
January 18th, 2012 - Jonathan B. Taylor, a nationally-known economist, presented findings on tribal reinvestment to the Washington House State Government & Tribal Affairs Committee. View presentation
January 4th, 2012 - The Washington Tribes have released their 2012 Community Investment Report. View report
Follow our Facebook page or click here for other tribal news stories
Tribal governments in Washington State...
Employ more than 27,300 people statewide
Pay more than $1.3 billion annually in employee wages and benefits
Buy more than $2.4 billion annually in goods and services from private companies
Generate more than $255 million annually in state and local taxes