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1 t NATIVE PHILANTHROPY: AN OREGON TRIBE EXPERIENCE Don Sampson Institute for Tribal Government & First Nations Development Institute

2 Nine (9) Tribal Casinos in Oregon Seven Feathers Casino - Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians (Opened 1992) Wildhorse Casino Resort - Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (Opened 1994) Chinook Winds Casino - Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians (Opened 1995) Indian Head Casino - Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs (Opened 1995) Spirit Mountain Casino - Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde (Opened 1995) The Mill Casino - Coquille Indian Tribe (Opened 1995) Kla-Mo-Ya Casino - Klamath Tribes (Opened 1997) Old Camp Casino - Burns Paiute Tribe (Opened 1998) Three Rivers Casino - Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua & Siuslaw Indians (Opened 2004)

3 Tribal Charitable Contributions thru 2008 In 2008 five tribes awarded $6,890,867 in community benefit grants to area nonprofits. In addition, all nine tribes and casino made contributions to local charities, which totaled over $1,012,000. From Oregon Tribes contributed over $65M to charitable organizations

4 Wildhorse Foundation Umatilla Tribe, Oregon Established in 2001 as part of an amendment to the Umatilla Tribe-State of Oregon Gaming Compact after the introduction of new Class III Games. Benefit local and Tribal governments & charitable organizations within Umatilla, Union, Morrow, and Wallowa counties and the Umatilla Indian Reservation

5 Wildhorse Foundation Umatilla Tribe, Oregon Purposes: education, health, public safety, gambling addiction prevention, education and treatment, the arts, the environment, cultural activities, salmon restoration, historic preservation, and such other charitable purposes

6 Wildhorse Foundation Umatilla Tribe, Oregon The Fund will be administered by a board of five (5) directors One (1) director from the Tribes’ Board of Trustees Two (2) directors from the Tribes’ membership Two (2) directors (non-Indian) that are residents of Umatilla County (one shall be a resident of the City of Pendleton & one shall be nominated by the Umatilla County Commissioners – approved by the Umatilla Tribe’s Board of Trustees

7 Wildhorse Foundation Umatilla Tribe, Oregon The Tribes’ annual contribution to the Fund shall be based upon the Gaming Facility’s net income Tribes may in their discretion determine the appropriate contribution to the Fund Less than six percent (6%); but in no event shall the contribution equal less than three percent (3%)

8 Wildhorse Foundation Area by Program (Since started in 2001)

9 Wildhorse Foundation - Areas of Contribution by County (Since started in 2001)

10 2008 Amendment to Gaming Compact - Wildhorse Foundation Met with John Echohawk and Don Ragona, NARF at 2008 NIGA Convention, San Diego to discuss expanding the geographic area of Wildhorse Foundation Identified the need to support local Tribal and national Tribal organizations Drafted & negotiated amendment to Umatilla Gaming Compact

11 2008 Amendment to Gaming Compact - Wildhorse Foundation Any Native American Tribal government agency or Native American charitable organization with its principal office and base of operations within the State of Oregon; Local government bodies or charitable organizations for the benefit of the public within the Tribes’ ceded territory in Washington State; or Any national or regional Indian organization.

12 Wildhorse Foundation Expands Nationally In 2009 Wildhorse Foundation made first contributions to local and national Tribal organizations including NARF and First Nations Development Institute (CO), Tribal Leadership Forum (OR), five other Tribes in U.S.

13 Oregon Tribal Foundation Case Study First Nations Development Institute is conducting a research project (case study approach) that intends to highlight Oregon tribes as a model of Native American philanthropy. Oregon tribes have established effective charitable programs that improve the lives of Native communities as well as all of Oregon citizens.

14 Oregon Tribal Foundation Case Study Oregon tribal foundations have a powerful story to tell for Native and non-Native philanthropic organizations. How the foundation chooses to provide support and what impacts result from that support Documenting and sharing their best practices with the nation’s philanthropic sector

15 Contact Information Don Sampson Executive Director Institute for Tribal Government Hatfield School of Government Portland State University (541) Mobile (503) Work


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