Bonnie Juneau – Tulalip Tribes

Being Good Neighbors

It is very important to work with our neighbors to get to know them.  I find the biggest challenge is education.  Many people think that treaties are a thing of the distant past.  I believe treaties are living and breathing documents today, just as our constitution of the United States is a living document in which we live by.  Those are the agreements that help us to be neighbors.

Economic Development

Tulalip has always been innovative; we have been very resourceful over the years.  Much of our economic development started with leasing land.  I remember speaking with an elder one time and he was telling me the story of how they decided to lease land as some revenue.  At that time, the Tribe had little to no money and they had a need to take care of the community in the smaller space we are in now.   They knew they had land that they could lease for people to build summer homes on, that was really the first economic engine, and fishing and timber were the first three things that Tulalip did. Those first industries afforded us the opportunity to grow into other industries with gaming, hotel industry, and leasing lands to Walmart and Home Depot.  We are very proud of our federal city, Quil Ceda Village, and I think it is such an exciting time that on one coast, we have Washington D.C., and on this coast, we have Quil Ceda Village.

Community

What a lot of people don’t know about Tulalip, I believe, is that we have this strong sense of community, and a strong desire to be involved in our community, not only for our community to take care of us, but for us to take care of the community.  To me, my community is my family.