Suquamish Tribe Says Yes to Marriage Equality

The Suquamish tribal council has unanimously voted to allow marriage between consenting adults so long as one is a member of the tribe. The decision extends marriage rights to same-sex couples.

The Kitsap Sun reports that tribal member and Seattle resident Heather Purser brought the issue to the general council in June, requested a vote, and met with almost unanimous community support. The tribal council finalized and enacted the ordinance on Monday.

The tribe's decision will only be recognized in the states and tribal areas that have enacted similar statutes (as well as the District of Columbia), and comes just on the heels of New York's high profile move to also allow same-sex marriage.

WIGA Announces Scholarship Program for 2009

The Washington Indian Gaming Association Scholarship Committee just announced that it is
taking applications for scholarships. The dead line is March 13, 2009 and applications can be found on the WIGA website.

WIGA has $30,000 for distribution for the 2009-2010 academic year and will announce scholarship recipients on April 15.

Here is list of available scholarships:

• Up to four graduate/professional level scholarships at $1,400 each;

• Up to six undergraduate level scholarships at $1,200 each;

• Up to eight community college/technical scholarships at $900 each.

This is a great opportunity for students of all levels who want to pursue more education to receive financial support from WIGA. For quesitons please call Jill A. Nanpuya at (360) 352-4819.