Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell
Administration Today Designates Tribal Community a Promise Zone
Published June 7, 2016
WASHINGTON – On Thursday, June 9, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will visit the Spokane Tribe of Indians in Washington State to meet with tribal and community leaders to commemorate their selection today as a Promise Zone by the Obama Administration.
President Obama established the Promise Zones Initiative in 2014 to address the challenges facing rural and tribal communities by assisting them in their efforts to create jobs, expand educational opportunities, increase economic activity, leverage private investment and reduce violent crime.
Promise Zones provide tailored assistance based on the specific needs of a community and promote collaboration between private business and federal, state and local officials; faith-based and non-profit organizations; and striving kids and parents. Communities must compete in a transparent application process and demonstrate the strength and effectiveness of their local partners’ commitment in order to become Promise Zones.
The proposed Spokane Tribe of Indians Promise Zone includes the Spokane Indian Reservation (160,000 square acres) and all lands held in trust by the federal government on behalf of the Spokane Tribe, which includes 180 square acres near Chewelah, Washington, and another 145 square acres in Airway Heights, Washington.