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Washington’s tribal government leaders are building a better future for all of us by investing in public safety, education, and jobs.

Economic Development

Tribal governments across Washington are using proceeds from gaming operations to invest in new enterprises that create jobs for all Washingtonians -- Indian and non-Indian alike. Hundreds of millions of dollars from tribal gaming are being invested - in forest products, hotels, restaurants, agriculture, ranching, retail, transportation, real estate development, manufacturing, aquaculture and more. That means big benefits for all of Washington.

Case Study: The Success of the Tulalip Tribe's Quil Ceda Village

Located along Interstate-5 on the Tulalip Indian Reservation, the Quil Ceda Village has quickly become an economic powerhouse in the Snohomish County region. Providing thousands of jobs in retail, entertainment, hospitality and gaming sectors, the Village has helped the Tulalip Tribes become one of the biggest employers in the county, with the Tulalip Resort Casino alone providing over 3,500 direct jobs.

For more information on the economic impact of the Quil Ceda Village and Tulalip Tribes, we recommend the below articles:

For more information about tribal investments, please visit our News Archive.

Other examples of tribal economic development investments include:

The Chehalis Tribe, part-owners of the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, Washington, are a major economic leader and employer in Thurston County.

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

For more information on tribal economic activity, please refer to the Washington Tribes 2012 Community Investment Report or nationally-recognized economist Jonathan Taylor's report: The Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Indian Tribes in Washington.