Cowlitz Indian Tribe donates $50,000 to the National
Indian Child Welfare Association
RIDGEFIELD, WA. (April 2, 2021) — The Cowlitz Indian Tribe is donating $50,000 to the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) through the Cowlitz Tribal Foundation Statewide Fund. The grant will provide additional resources to support NICWA's mission to strengthen the well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native children and families.
"We are incredibly grateful for NICWA's service and dedication to those in need," said Philip Harju, chairman of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. "We are pleased to continue supporting the most vulnerable members of our community and to help ensure a brighter future for those we truly value — children and families."
Suzanne Donaldson, of the Cowlitz Tribal Foundation Statewide Fund, added, "Giving back to our community has long been an essential pillar of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, and we're honored to offer additional support for NICWA's vital work in these challenging times."
The Cowlitz Tribal Foundation Statewide Fund was established in 2018 to aid nonprofit organizations in Washington.
"We are thankful for the generous gift from the Cowlitz Tribal Foundation Statewide Fund and the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. This funding will enable us to continue NICWA's commitment to a future where American Indian and Alaska Native children grow up safe, healthy and strong," said Sarah Kastelic, executive director of NICWA.
About The Cowlitz Indian Tribe
The Cowlitz Indian Tribe is a growing force in community building in what are now Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis and parts of Pierce, Skamania and Wahkiakum counties. The Cowlitz Reservation neighbors Ridgefield, Washington, and is home to ilani, the Pacific Northwest's premier gaming, dining, meeting and entertainment destination. The mission of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe is to preserve and honor the legacy of its elders and ancestors by empowering a tribal community that promotes social justice and economic well-being, secures aboriginal lands, respects culture and sovereignty, and fosters justice, freedom and mutual welfare. More information can be found at cowlitz.org.
The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) works to support the safety, health, and spiritual strength of Native children along the broad continuum of their lives. NICWA promotes building tribal capacity to prevent child abuse and neglect through positive systems change at the state, federal, and tribal level. For more information, visit www.nicwa.org.
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Sarah Kastelic NICWA with Melissa Halverson and Suzanne Donaldson,
Cowlitz Tribal Foundation Statewide Fund