Despite last year’s downturn in the economy, the Muckleshoot tribe donated more than $2,853,000 in 2008 to more than 180 nonprofits and other government sponsored organizations serving communities throughout Washington state.
In the spirit of potlatch, a ceremony of giving practiced by the tribe for hundreds of years, the Muckleshoot tribe donated $1,169,566 to schools, churches, and charities through its Muckleshoot Charity Fund. In addition, the tribe gave another $1,684,566 in community impact funds to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, in addition to state and local governments for law enforcement, sewage treatment, and storm water drainage to offset the cost of providing these services.
“The economy has left so many of our neighbors struggling to survive while funding of needed services has declined,” said Charlotte Williams, chairwoman of the Muckleshoot Tribal Council. “As our tribe has become more economically independent, we have been able to expand our ability to help and support our neighbors throughout the state.”
In January, the Muckleshoot tribe increased its community contributions by an additional $500,000 to nonprofits that provide smoking cessation help and gambling problem services. “We are proud to partner with charitable organizations and government agencies that provide invaluable services to the people of Washington,” said Williams.
“We thank them for their important work in reaffirming our commitment to helping our neighbors and building communities.” ♦
For information on the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, visit www.muckleshoot.nsn.us.