Area tribes expanding their assets

Herald staff

Here’s a thumbnail look at the assets of the Tulalip Tribes and several other area tribes that run lucrative casinos. Some of the information was supplied by the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board Web site, the Bureau of Indian Affairs Web site and individual tribal Web sites.

The reservation covers 1,943 acres in King County adjacent to Auburn. The casino employs about 900 people, and the tribal administration employs about 325 people. Other enterprises include a bingo hall and a smoke shop. The tribe is constructing a 23,000-seat amphitheater, which is expected to generate about $10 million a year. The tribe also operates a shopping mall called Muckleshoot Plaza and is about to begin construction on a gas station.

The reservation has 666 acres near Tacoma. The tribe has about 2,404 enrolled members. Tribal enterprises include the riverboat casino Emerald Queen, a bingo hall, a marina, various lease holdings and billboard signs. The tribe operates a large modern health clinic, dental facility and pharmacy.

The reservation stretches over 22,000 acres north of Everett. The tribe owns about 60 percent of the land, or more than 13,000 acres, including 18 1/2miles of tidelands. They run a casino/bingo enterprise, own a cablevision company, a marina/convenience store, liquor store and a leasing program. They are building a $3 million shopping center and developing a 2,000-acre business park, both off I-5. According to 2000 census figures, the reservation has 2,049 American Indians and Alaskan Natives. Others number 6,662.

The reservation covers 84 acres east of Sedro-Woolley in Skagit County and an additional 15 acres of nondeveloped commercial property along I-5 near Alger. The tribe has about 500 enrolled members. The Upper Skagits operate the Skagit Valley Casino Resort, which includes a 26,000-square-foot casino off I-5.

The reservation is made up of 1.3 million acres, about the size of Rhode Island, in Eastern Washington east of Toppenish. The reservation is primarily agricultural land. The membership is about 8,870. The Yakama operate many businesses, including the Legends Casino and a museum.

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