Tribes are taking further measures to limit the spread of COVID-19

Tribes in Washington are taking additional steps to respond to the serious and evolving COVID-19 situation while maintaining essential government services.

“Tribes continue to take major safety measures to further protect public health, including partially shutting down non-essential government operations and temporarily shuttering tribal enterprises. Many tribes have announced temporary casino closures,” said W. Ron Allen, Chairman/CEO at Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe. “These are difficult decisions for our sovereign nations, as our ability to provide essential government services including healthcare, elder services and so much more depends primarily on tribal gaming revenue. But protecting public health is the top priority and we are determined to serve community needs with the compassion and strength instilled in us by our ancestors.”

Tribal casinos and other tribal enterprises in Washington are owned and managed by sovereign nations. Like other jurisdictions around the state, each have devoted significant resources to monitor and respond to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Tribes will continue working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and make decisions that carefully consider and protect the well-being of tribal and non-tribal communities and employees.

Since this is a rapidly changing situation, it is best to reach out to individual tribes to learn more about the steps they are taking to continue providing essential services while protecting the health and safety of tribal and non-tribal communities throughout the state.

Federal Resources

U.S. Department of the Treasury: The CARES Act Provides Assistance for State and Local Governments

Data Portal for Tribal Governments (CARES Act) – Updated 4.13.20

The Presidents Coronavirus Guidelines for America – 15 Days to Slow the Spread

Washington State COVID-19 Updates

Governor Inslee’s Tribal Lands/Essential Activity Guidance Letter – Tribal Lands Guidance Letter


Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board COVID-19 Resources


See below for information on the following tribal casinos:

Chehalis –

Colville –

Cowlitz –

Jamestown –

Kalispel –

Lower Elwha –

Lummi –

Makah –

Muckleshoot –

Nisqually –

Nooksack –

Port Gamble S’Klallam –

Puyallup –

Quniault –

Shoalwater Bay –

Shoalwater Bay Emergency Declaration Statement

Skokomish –

Snoqualmie –

Spokane –

Squaxin Island –

Stillaguamish –

Suquamish –

Swinomish –

Tulalip –

Yakama –