Port Gamble SKlallam tribe gives lion's share of donations to area schools
June 10, 2008 · Updated 3:53 PM
LITTLE BOSTON The Port Gamble SKlallam Tribe (PGST) is helping to bridge the financial gap in local education programs. On Friday, the tribe awarded more than $26,900 to 18 non-profit organizations with money earned from its Point No Point Casino. Because of recent North Kitsap School District budget cuts, the majority of the money was awarded to local schools.
This time we helped a lot of school programs that dont have a lot of funding right now like special education, reading programs and credit retrieval programs, said Kara Horton, PGST executive assistant. Schools suffer a lot in budget cuts.
Tribal Chairman Ron Charles said requests to fund school projects is nothing new.
We like to support them because they arent getting the money from the school district because the budget is so tight, he said. I think with the way were reading about the school districts budget they are hit hard with the fuel crises, too.
The Port Gamble SKlallam award money comes from Appendix X funds a provision compacted by Native American Tribes and Washington state legislature, which mandates 2 percent of tribal casinos net profits are awarded to non-profit agencies. Each tribe that owns a casino has Appendix X, Horton said.
The organizations we chose are some of the most important to the tribe, she said.
With the planned $110 million rebuild of the Point No Point Casino, PGST Chief Executive Officer Doug Quade said he hopes the tribe will be able to award more in the future.
Were just really happy were doing well enough to do that for the wonderful organizations that have been a benefit to our community, he said.