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Guest Reporter Sue Runyan: Opinion
I am a New Activist of sorts. I worked. I retired. I expected to read books and walk and grow old. But there is still work to be done. I love my Country, warts and all.
Tribal Relationships – Assess the Need.
Reassessment of any budget, program, or department, whether personal, business or governmental, is needed and necessary. Tribal Relationships are an area for scrutinizing the need for reassessment, for adjustment or elimination of programs, especially the Indian Health Service (IHS).
The cover page photo (color added) is of the Indian Health
Service, Justification of Estimates for Appropriations
Committees from the Department of Health and Human Services, Fiscal Year, 2021. Within this document, on pages 341 – 343, is a listing of Self-Governance Funded Compacts FY 2019. This table lists 130 Tribes in 26 States. Washington State has 17 Tribes listed which will receive $89 + million for just this category of Self-Governance Funded Compacts. Link Here…
Of these 17 Washington State Tribes listed, 15 have casinos and the other 2 have accommodation Resorts, like cottages, RV and camping. These Tribes are rich! One of the 17 Tribes, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe (JSK), is in Sequim, Clallam County and will get $1.9 + million of the $89 + million. In 2019, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe had 545 total tribal members. They owned 274 properties, with a county appraised value of $35.4 + million, and paying $113, 648 in property tax.
Their businesses had gross revenues of $19 + million. Revenues came from the 7 Cedars Casino, Cedar Greens Cannabis Shop, Longhouse Market & Deli and Chevron Fueling Station,Cedars at Dungeness Golf Course, as well as the Jamestown Family Clinic in Sequim and other businesses not listed here. Recently, this Tribe opened their new 100 room 7 Cedars Hotel, located by their casino in Blyn. Another Clallam County Tribe, the Lower Elwah Klallam Tribe, is included as one of the 17 Washington Tribes in a Self-Goverance Funded Compact in the IHS document. This Tribe just announced the building of a 100 room hotel in Port Angeles, WA, with construction beginning in the summer of 2021. Why are we giving these Tribes money? Whatever the reason, the time to stop is long gone! Any past need for Tribal financial assistance, medical or otherwise, no longer exists with these 17 Washington State Tribes listed in the Self-Governance Funded Compacts of the IHS program. My assessment of the need calls for an immediate termination of “special relationships” with Tribes that no longer need financial assistance.
Make it happen Congress.