LATE BREAKING:… LUMMI TRIBAL LEADER MOVES TO STOP GROWTH IN RURAL WHATCOM COUNTY…SAYS NO TO HIRST FIX IN SEATLLE TIMES.
Lummi Tribal Council Receives Department of Transportation Grant.
Meanwhile this leader and others of the tribe want all other County residents and other non tribal members to pay their gas tax on Tribal land. Why? The tribes receive a 75% refund on State Gas Tax.
Even though the tribes get a 75% refund from State Coffers of all Gas Tax collected in their nations; “Lummi Nation aka Lummi Indian Business Council” has been awarded a $586,000 Grant by the Washington State Department of Transportation to “Sustain Lummi Transit Operations” Really??!! Grant from WSDOT listed here.
20 of the State’s Tribes have a 75/25 agreement with the State in place for collection of Gas Taxes on their Lands. Washington State/Tribal Gas Tax Agreement here. (Scroll arrows at the bottom for the 4 pages). This means they collect and pay all of the gas tax received from Gas Sales and file and pay the full amount of the tax to the State Department of Revenue. The agreement continues and the Department of Revenue writes checks to each tribe for 75% of the total collected. In 2015 the latest year available the Department of Revenue paid $35,000,000 to twenty tribes in money that would normally be earmarked for Road Maintenance and other projects within the state of Washington; Including Tribal Roads
Why didn’t the tribe use its 75% portion to “Substain Lummi Transit Operations”. The Fourth Corner will be asking the Tribe for their budget and transcripts of meeting where they have allocated (spent) the gas tax refund and these Grant dollars. We are hopeful the Tribe will conform to the Washington State Public Records Act as all other entities that govern in the State of Washington must. According to this article the tribes may not have to disclose their tribal meetings where this type of item is discussed. Arrows to scroll the six pages at bottom.
An estimated 6,590 people live on the Lummi Reservation. Roughly 2,564 are enrolled tribal members, and 665 are either related to or live with an enrolled tribal member. Some 3,361 are neither tribal members nor affiliated with any member of the Lummi Nation.