The Lummi Indian Business Council is presenting community organizations across Whatcom County with charitable donations for their work within the community.
The Lummi Nation will host a May 1 reception to honor the Lummi Tribe’s community contributions at the Silver Reef Casino, Hotel and Spa.
Every dollar earned from tribal gaming is invested in public purposes, according to the tribe, to improve people’s lives in communities throughout Washington. Gaming revenue is tax revenue for tribal governments. The money is used to create jobs and business opportunities for people in the region.
It also helps pay for health care, transportation, housing, education, natural resource programs and public safety, Clifford Cultee, tribal chairman, said in an April 30 press release.
More than 27,000 Washingtonians are employed by tribal governments and their enterprises, according to a 2011 study from the Taylor Policy Group.
Since 2002, the Lummi Nation has given more than $5 million dollars to community organizations.
The organizations recognized at the reception will be:
Alternative Humane Society
American Legion Post 33
American Indian Health Commission
Bellingham Food Bank
Ferndale Community Resource Center
Ferndale Dollars for Scholars
Forward Veterans Group
Honor Works/Swil Kanim Foundation
Interfaith Coalition of Whatcom County
Lummi Cedar Project
Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association
NWIC Basic Food Employment
NWIC Pow Wow Committee
NWIC Space Center
Northwest Wildlife Rehab Center
Oheliqw’sen Healing Center
South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency
St. Joachim Mission
Susan G. Komen three-day walk
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation Washington State Coalition agains Domestic Violence
Whatcom Symphony Orchestra
Winward High School Boosters
World Temperate Rainforest Network
YMCA Whatcom County