Tribes place the highest priority on investing in their future -- particularly the education and well-being of their youth. They are building early learning centers, schools, libraries and youth activity facilities throughout Washington.
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Examples of tribal investments in education include:
- WIGA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013-2014 Washington Indian Gaming Association Scholarships! Click here to learn more.
- Students in White Swan, on the Yakama Nation, are taking advantage of a new tribal-sovereignty curriculum, which covers the history, culture and governments of Native American tribes
- Two dozen northwest tribes and the University of Washington are working together to create a Tribal Education Network to "integrate tribal stories and values in a program that aims to get more Native American students to college, and to help them earn college credentials while in high school."
- The Lummi Nation K-12 school is a modern educational facility located on a 90-acre campus within the reservation. The Seattle Times recently reported on Lummi Nation’s successful efforts to improve education through tougher policies, increased tutoring, staff collaboration and a stable administration
- The reopened Chief Kitsap Academy, a high-school run by the Suquamish Tribal Education Department and funded in part by a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant, helps students achieve by providing a close knit community, smaller class sizes and the option to earn college credits.
- The Muckleshoot Tribe's Birth-to-Three Program provides accessible early screening and therapeutic services for Native infants/toddlers up to three years old residing within the Muckleshoot reservation boundaries or any Muckleshoot child living in Southeast King County.
- The Puyallup Tribe’s Chief Leschi Schools serve the educational needs of Native American students from more than 60 different tribes. The schools are a model for Native American programs around the country and shows a glimpse into the future of educational technology.
- In 2011, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe with a $500,000 grant to construct a new early childhood education center. This will be added to the $889,944 being invested by the Tribe.
- Many of Washington’s tribes, including the Swinomish Tribe, place a high priority on early learning programs. The Swinomish Tribe invests more than $3.5 million in educational programs, including those to prepare children for kindergarten.
- The Nooksack Tribal Youth Employment Program pairs high school students with tribal jobs to provide the tribe’s members with job training and college preparation.
- An apprenticeship program put on by the Yakama Nation is helping young tribal members learn valuable career skills and train for the workforce.
- A $25,000 gift from the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe will help provide scholarships for Native American students pursuing their education at the University of Puget Sound.