Washington’s 29 tribal governments are making significant investments in the state’s quality of life. They are large employers, fiscally independent governments and contributors to the public good. Growing tribal economies fund schools, housing programs, health clinics, environmental rehabilitation, infrastructure, law enforcement, firefighting and other public services.
Making Investments for a Stronger Washington
Investing in the Economy
Tribal businesses and governments make purchases, hire vendors and make capital investments that support growth in the Washington economy.
in gross state product
in wages and benefits
in state and local taxes
Investing in People
Tribes are a top Washington employer—collectively ranking seventh in the state for number of employees. From gaming to construction to restaurants and more, tribal enterprises are major job creators for all Washingtonians, Indian and non-Indian alike.
jobs trace back to tribes
1 in 86
Investing in Communities
Because tribes are governments, 100 percent of tribal enterprise income is government revenue. This means that profits from tribal enterprises go back into Washington communities, paying for public goods, services and amenities.
to government, fire and police
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