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Community Investment

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Economic development

Tribal governments across Washington are investing new non-gaming enterprises to creating sustaining economies for the future.   Hundreds of millions of dollars from tribal gaming are being invested - in hotels, restaurants, entertainment venues, tourist attractions, retail, forest products, fisheries, agriculture, ranching, real estate development, manufacturing, aquaculture and more.

Public safety

Washington's tribes invest in public safety and emergency services to protect all citizens, property and natural resources.  Tribal governments pay for critical services like police, courts, emergency medical response, and fire departments.  Some tribes provide direct services, others provide financial support to neighboring jurisdictions.   


Washington tribes, especially those located in rural areas, are investing in road projects to make travel safer.  They often collaborate with local governments to jointly finance improvements that are mutually beneficial.  Tribes also provide direct transit services and also contract with local transit agencies to provide additional service to their communities.  Tribes are investing in waste water treatment facilities to allow for new housing projects and to protect groundwater, nearby rivers and Puget Sound. 


Providing adequate housing, especially for low-income families and the elderly, is a priority for Washington’s tribes.  Throughout Washington state, tribes are constructing new homes and apartments – but the need remains very high.  


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Tribal governments build hotels, cabins, museums, and recreational centers to help create jobs and attract visitors to rural areas.
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Economic Development 

  • Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe's new hotel will focus on giving visitors a broad experience of the natural outdoors, live entertainment and fine dining. It will be the second largest hotel in North Kitsap!

  • Tribes are raising the bar – economically, culturally and now recreationally. Check out tribal tourism in the Northwest!

  • Swinomish Fish Company, a Native American-owned seafood wholesaler, retailer and processing plant will be providing fresh spring Chinook salmon to the largest independent supermarket in the Northwest!

  • What is behind the “breathtaking” economic boom in Kitsap County?

  • Fresh geoducks, clams, crab and salmon can now be found at the brand new Suquamish Seafood’s plant – creating more jobs and serving more commercial customers!

  • Colville Tribal Federal Corporation celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for their future casino and resort. The $68 million project is fully funded by the corporation, a first among the tribe’s projects.​


Public Safety

  • Serving the Tulalip community seven days a week, 24 hours a day, Tulalip Tribal Police Services patrol all Tribal Villages, local communities and the City of Quil Ceda. The department has earned an excellent reputation as one of the premier Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies in reviews by the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Funding provided by the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe has allowed the Clallam County Sheriff's Office to hire its newest deputy, and send her to a Washington state criminal justice academy to better prepare her for the job.



  • Makah Nation opened its first supportive housing complex in Neah Bay. The facility gives former homeless families access to affordable housing, tribal healthcare, employment and counseling programs.

  • The Nooksack Tribe's Housing Authority creates administrative and construction jobs, and provides housing for tribal members in Whatcom County. The Rutsatz housing site has 27 single family homes. 

  • 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.



  • Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe announced their partnership with the City of Sequim and investment of $8.3 million to connect the Tribal government facilities and businesses to the City of Sequim Wastewater Treatment Plant.

  • The Makah Tribe is shaping a healthy and active community. Learn more in the short video here.

  • The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation are joining with Foss Maritime Company and Washington state to build a state-of-the-art replacement for a 63-year-old ferry crossing the Columbia River.

  • The Yakama Nation, through Yakama Power, provides affordable and reliable electric energy, enhancing the quality of life of its consumers and providing a stable, safe and competitive work environment for its employees.