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 our state.
This website shares information about how Washington state's 29 tribes are helping to build a better future for everyone.
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
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
- Culture - Native American culture has flourished in our region for thousands of years, and by investing in tribal community-building organizations, museums, art and cultural centers, school programs and the annual Canoe Journey, Washington's tribes are working to ensure native culture continues to be an integral part of our regional identity, for Indians and non-Indians alike.
- 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.
- Environment - Tribal environmental planning and natural resource programs play a critical role in efforts to restore and protect important environments, habitat and natural resources.
- Communities - Revenues from tribal enterprises are re-invested on the reservation and in nearby communities to pay for services such as education, healthcare, housing, public safety, transportation and economic development.
Washington Tribes in the news:
- Applications for the 2014-15 Washington Indian Gaming Association (WIGA) scholarships are now online! This year, WIGA will be giving out $75,000 to enrolled tribal members in Washington state for use at two-year and four-year colleges and universities, as well as for advanced degrees. Click here for the application and more information!
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