Our status as a sovereign entity maintains our right to self-govern as a “nation within a nation” and includes the inherent right as a government to raise revenue for our community. These rights are critical as while the U.S. government did pledge by treaty, in exchange for tribal land, to provide funding for education and other social services—that support has been nominal.
In fact, today 92% of our government services, tribal member entitlements, family and senior housing, education, health and dental services, law enforcement, ﬁre protection, infrastructure improvements and economic growth are funded from within.
We support our reservation through careful planning and economic development along the I-5 corridor. The eﬀort began decades ago when tribal leaders sensed that reservation life and structure isolated tribal members from the beneﬁts of the area economy. The Consolidated Borough of Quil Ceda Village, established in 2001 is key to building and sustaining the Tulalip culture and regional economy. Nearly three quarters of the $400 million in annual revenues generated in the Quil Ceda Village economic development zone directly supports the surrounding community, external businesses, charity, and federal, state, and county governments. As part of this support, Quil Ceda Village businesses have stimulated the regional economy by adding more than 5,500 jobs, generating wages that are spent throughout the community.