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July 7, 2017

Summer 2017

Warm summer greetings! In this issue: Snoqualmie’s regional and statewide economic impact, a nation-building guide to Kahnawà:ke’s economic development, and NCAI’s new policy research director seeks input from tribes.

Economic Impact of the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe

Economic Impact of the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe

A top regional employer contributes to the Snoqualmie Valley

The Snoqualmie Tribe is located in central King County, Washington, near the birthplace of its people, the Snoqualmie Falls. Without a promised territory for a century and a half, it struggled to provide for its people. Today, things are getting better. The Tribe’s enterprises and government programs employed around 1,760 people in 2015, paying about $73 million in total employee compensation. While these employment opportunities are especially important to Snoqualmie tribal citizens, they are also meaningful to the nearby cities of North Bend and Snoqualmie. The Tribe’s economic activity generated $33.4 million in state and federal tax revenue in the Snoqualmie Valley in 2015, and $44.9 million statewide. The Tribe also supports local nonprofits, contributing $5.3 million from 2010 to 2015 to health, youth and family, environment, and arts programs. Because the Tribe’s casino brings a disproportionate number of its customers from the Seattle metro area, it is a significant net contributor to the Snoqualmie regional economy.

Kahnawà:ke Economic Development

Toward a nation-building approach

The Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Economic Development Commission (Tewatohnhi’saktha) sought a comprehensive external review of the impediments to economic development on its territory—land which lies opposite Montreal on the St. Lawrence River. General agreement surrounded the notion that the Kahnawà:ke economy could be better organized, its people and resources more productively engaged. In lieu of project-focused approaches, authors Miriam Jorgensen and Jonathan Taylor recommended institution-building and policy-making work covering everything from human capital retention to judicial due process. And rather than recommend adoption of "best practices” from elsewhere, the report endorsed Kahnawà:ke citizens’ engaging in problem-driven iterative adaptation (PDIA), a process integrating local understanding of the challenges with more than eighty books and articles about how other communities had solved similar problems.
NCAI Policy Research Center
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NCAI’s Policy Research Center Requests Input

Data to inform policy

The Policy Research Center at the National Congress of American Indians is interested in gathering input from tribes on how to further meet its mission to provide tribal leaders with the best available knowledge to make strategically proactive policy decisions in a framework on Native wisdom that positively impact the future of Native peoples. Please take a few minutes to answer a few key questions from the Policy Research Center and help guide their future activities.

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