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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.

Tribal Communities

Revenues from tribal government enterprises are re-invested on the reservation and in nearby communities to pay for critical services such as education, healthcare, housing, public safety, transportation, natural resources, environmental protection and economic development.

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

Examples of investments in tribal communities include:

Education

  • The opening of a new early childhood learning center marks the completion of a nearly decade-long building project for the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe. The complex also includes a longhouse, elder center and library and was built with a number of environmentally friendly features.
  • The Swinomish Tribe is investing in community planning and safety that promotes sustainable community development.
  • The Puyallup Tribe has installed solar panels to a longhouse that provides 10 units of low income housing on the tribe's campus. The solar power is part of the tribe's efforts to move buildings toward "net zero" energy consumption.
  • Earlier this year we posted about an effort by teen leaders from the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe and the Sheckler Foundation to build a new skatepark, providing tribal youth with a positive recreational opportunity on the reservation. The tribal community, local contractors and the foundation came together and the Port Gamble S'Klallam Skatepark is now complete!
  • 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 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.
  • 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.

Healthcare

Housing

  • The Snoqualmie Tribe has broken ground on a new 10,800 square-foot administration building in downtown Snoqualmie. "We want to provide all Snoqualmie Tribal citizens and future generations with a centralized campus to access resources and benefits for the betterment of the tribe," said tribal Chairwoman Carolyn Lubenau.
  • On the Kitsap Peninsula, the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe Housing Authority provides rental and home ownership opportunities to tribal members while providing construction jobs to the larger community. The Tribe's newest development, Teekalet, is a three-acre development with 15 single-family homes and two apartments designed by Tormod Hellwig Architects and built by J.M. Grinnell Contracts, both of Sequim.
  • The Nooksack Tribe's Housing Authority creates administrative and construction jobs, and provides housing for tribal members in Whatcom County. The new Rutsatz housing site has 27 single family homes. (Everyone or Tribes only)
  • The Swinomish Tribe is constructing 43 new single family residences in LaConner
  • The Spokane Tribe Community Development Fund contributes funds toward infrastructure and other public projects that benefit the health and well-being of the residents of their community.

Facing Climate Change: Coastal Tribes from Benjamin Drummond / Sara Steele on Vimeo.