I’m happy to see newest Leone & Keeble’s Keller Project Compliance Report. It shows that we’ve been able to put 19 Tribal members to work on the Substance Use Treatment Facility. Preference levels have continued to be above 51% since the project began in December. In the next couple of months, we should start to see some structural framing go up. It will be exciting to see this project come to life. This project is made possible by a commitment of New Markets Tax Credit funding and a State of Washington appropriation in addition to a commitment of tribal funds.
The federal New Markets Tax Credit legislation expires on December 31, 2020 if not extended by the New Markets Tax Credit Extension Act of 2019. It is so important to Get Out The Native Vote so legislation like this doesn’t expire. Our issues need political attention and you can help chose who is best to represent them. The State of Washington is also in session deciding on issues like tribal property tax exemptions, tribal compacting, Indian behavioral health access, and the permission to wear tribal regalia at graduation events. Councilmembers Rodney Cawston, Richard Swan, Joel Boyd, Richard Moses, and Marvin Kheel are out there lobbying on our behalf. You can play a role too by participating in Federal, State, and Local elections.
Community funding and access to state programs, like the Washington State Recreation Office, is key to building our communities. The State Recreation office is funding approximately $850,000 of San Poil Boat Launch. Construction should begin at the end of next month. I plan on building on to this project in phases to improve community access and add additional amenities to the area. The 2020 Census will have a lasting effect on community funding like these, political representation and much more. I urge each of your to attend the 2020 Census Opening Day event here in Nespelem on the morning of March 12th. Each member is worth a potential $30,000 in federal funding over a span of 10 years.
If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me.
Keller District Council