Skip to main content

Community Investments

All Washingtonians aspire to the same basic things - safe communities, excellent schools, decent jobs, clean air and water, good health and roads and transit that make travel easy. We want our kids to have more opportunities than were given to us. And we value a culture where neighbors help neighbors.

Washington's tribal government leaders are making investments to improve the lives of people on their reservations and throughout our state.

Community Benefits

Washington's tribes have a substantial impact on the economy in communities throughout the state. Tribal governmental agencies and enterprises sustain thousands of jobs for tribal members and non-tribal members. The purchases of goods and services benefit local private businesses, and generate millions of dollars in state and local taxes.

“Washington taxpayers have much to gain from American Indian economic development. Virtually all Indian government spending turns to the non-Indian (private sector) Washington economy for goods, services and labor.”
Economist Jonathan Taylor

Creating Jobs and Economic Benefits*

Washington's tribes employ more than 30,000 people.

$268 million in state business taxes
$1.3 plus billion paid annually to employees in wages and benefits
$2.4 billion worth of goods and services purchased annually
$3.5 billion value added to state economy
*2012 Report by Jonathan Taylor

Supporting Communities*

Donated to tribes to charitable organizations
Granted to local Governments to offset impacts of tribal gaming
Given to smoking cessation programs
Given to problem gambling programs
*2012 Data from Washington State Gambling Commission

Washington Tribes produces videos showing how Northwest tribes contribute to our communities. You can watch many on this site, or visit the Washington Tribes Youtube page.

Washington Tribes: Mel Tonasket Oral HistoryWashington Tribes: Colville Investing in EducationWashington Tribes: Skokomish Waste Water Treatment Plant