Muckleshoots honored by statewide group for philanthropy and volunteerism

Among a list of other 2014 honorees, the Washington chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals has named the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe as the state’s outstanding philanthropic organization.

Since opening its Auburn casino in 1995, the tribe has donated more than $17 million to schools, churches, a food bank, hospitals and charities throughout the state, the local AFP said in a release Wednesday.

“As the tribe has become more prosperous, so has its philanthropic giving,” the group said.

Along with supporting Native American college students, the tribe has “spearheaded conception and building of the new Intellectual House, a longhouse-style gathering place that will open in 2015.”

Another community contribution cited by the group recognized the tribe’s response – with volunteers and expertise – following a 2012 weather emergency.

The tribe will be recognized at a National Philanthropy Day luncheon scheduled for Nov. 5 at the Westin Hotel in Seattle.

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