3/9/2019  Nisqually Tribe

More than 190 area agencies and organizations will receive a total of $2.4 million in vital operational funding from the 2018 Nisqually Indian Tribe Charitable and Local Government Program. Grant recipients were announced today by the Nisqually Tribe.

“I am honored to be a part of giving back to our surrounding communities and organizations,” said Julie Palm, Nisqually tribal council member and treasurer. “It feels good knowing the Nisqually Tribe is helping to make a difference and we are able to help so many nonprofit organizations, multiplying the positive effects of these funds.”

The program includes three types of funding. Financial support is awarded to 501(c)3 tax-exempt organizations dedicated to public safety, children’s services, community health, cultural preservation, veteran’s support and environmental protection; these recipients are selected in a competitive application process. Scholarship funds and community groups also participate in the program. Local government funding provides for police, fire, emergency services and other public safety needs.

Nature Nurtures Farms is grateful for the support from Nisqually for their farm. “This funding will be used to bring young people and animals together to build empathy, teach responsibility, and inspire hope. This award will help us broaden our support for youth who have been affected by trauma by teaching them multiple strategies for managing overwhelming emotions, including: The power of social support and positive relationships, nonverbal expression such as music and art, and, of course-the warm benefits of friendship with the many loving rescued and rehabilitated animals at the farm," said Carrie Stringer, Director of The Resilience Project and Otters at Nature Nurtures Farm.

A list of 2018 funding recipients follows.

To learn more about the Nisqually Indian Tribe, its people and programs, visit www.nisqually-nsn.gov. Nisqually Red Wind Casino is located 15 minutes east of Olympia. For more information, visit www.redwindcasino.com.


Assoc. of WA Student Leaders Ballet Northwest
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of SW Washington

Bounty for Families
Boys and Girls Clubs of Thurston County
Care Net Pregnancy Center of Thurston County
Chloe Clark Elementary
Child Care Action Council

Chinqually Booters Soccer Club
Camp Solomon Schechter
CHOICE Regional Health Network
Community Action Council of Lewis, Mason Cnties
Community Drug Court Support Foundation
Concern for Animals
Crazy Faith Outreach
Crime Stoppers of South Sound Crisis Clinic of Thurston and Mason Counties

Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team (DERT)
DuPont Historical Society

Entertainment Explosion
Evergreen Forest Elementary
Evergreen State College Family Education and Support Services

Family Support Center of South Sound
First Responders Making a Difference

Friends of the Lacey Timberland Library
Garden Raised Bounty (GRUB) Gods Portion

Got Your 6 Fishing
Hands On Children’s Museum
Harlequin Productions
Hoopstars Family
Hooved Animal Rescue
Ibsen Family Support Network
Interfaith Works/Emergency Overnight Shelter


Jefferson Middle School
Joint Animal Services
Lacey Cultural Celebration/Lacey Parks
Lacey Mid-Day Lions Club
Lacey Sunrise Lions
Leimomiwaiwainui Canoe Family Leschi Learning Legacy
Life Point Church of Olympia
Lions Project New Hope Northwest Lydia
Hawk Elementary School
The Mayday Foundation
Meadows Elementary
Melodies in Motion
The Moore Wright Group Morningside
National Alliance on Mental Issues (NAMI)
Nature Nurtures Farm
Nisqually First Responders
North Thurston Education Foundation
North Thurston Public Schools

Northwest Lions Eye Glass Recycle Center
Northwest Brotherhood Foundation

Olympia Family Theater
Olympia Film Society
The Olympia Free Clinic
Olympia School District Education Foundation

Olympia Union Gospel Mission Parks Arts Recreation and Culture

Foundation of Thurston County Pacific Education Institute
Pacific Shellfish Institute
Pacific Mountain Workforce Dev. Council
Panza/Quixote Village
Providence St. Peter Foundation
Puget Sound Estuarium
Raindancer Wild Bird Rescue
Rainy Day Ranch
Rez Animal Research and Education

Ruby Street Quilt Works, Quilts of Value Rainier High School
Rebuilding Together

Thurston County River Ridge High School

Sacred Heart Emergency Outreach
Salmon Defense
SEEDS for Growth: Special Needs Comm. Cntr. Senior Services for South Sound
Society of St. Vincent de Paul , Yelm Conf. SW South Bay Elementary
South Puget Sound Community College Fund

South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity
South Puget Sound Up with Down Syndrome
South Sound Parent to Parent
South Sound YMCA
Southworth Booster Club
South Sound Reading Foundation
Spay Neuter All Pets (SNAP)
Stonewall Youth
TABU Association
Tenino Community Service Center Plus
Tenino Elementary School
Thurston county Food Bank
Thurston County Veterans Services
Thurston County Volunteer Legal Services
Truly Motivated Transitional Living
United Way of Thurston County
Reading Buddy
Washington Center for the Performing Arts
WA HE LUT Indian School
Washington Explorer Search and Rescue Washington
Indian Civil Rights Commission
Washington State Dept. of Veteran Affairs
Washington State Senior Games
West Academy
Wild Grief
Yelm Community Services
Yelm Dollar for Scholars
Yelm High School Soccer
Yelm Lions Foundation
Yelm Middle School
Yelm Rotary Club
Yelm Senior Center
Yelm Youth Football and Cheer

First Responders

Lacey Fire District 3

Nisqually Public Safety
Thurston County Sheriff’s Office
Thurston County Prosecuting

Thurston County Medic One

Beyond Thurston County

ARK Institute of Learning

Beyond Survival Sexual Assault Resource Black Education Strategy Roundtable Bridges to Life-WA
Cancer Pathways
Children’s Home Society of WA
Children’s Museum of Tacoma
Children of the Setting Sun Productions Cispus Learning Center
Early Life Speech and Language Emergency Food Network
Environmental Science Center
First in Training and Education
German Shephard Search Dogs of WA
St. Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Auth.
Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare
Greater Metro Parks Foundation Greenfield Institute
Harmony Hill
Hilltop Artists on Residence
Indigenous Showcase dba Longhouse
It Takes A Village
Lindquist Dental Clinic for Children
Light House Fellowship Church
Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center
Long Live the Kings
Mercy Housing Northwest
The Mockingbird Society
Mother Nation
Napavine Jr/Sr High School
National Indian Cild Welfare Assoc.
Native American Re-entry Services
Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Northwest Harvest

 Northwest Indian College

Northwest Tribal Emergency Mgt. Council Nourish Pierce County
Pacific Ohana Foundation
Parents Against Sexual Abuse
Parkway Community Services
Patacara Community Services
PCC Farmland Trust
PCAF Pierce County AIDS Foundation
Penn Cove Water Festival Association Potlatch Fund
PSESD Native American Education Program The Saints Pantry Foodbank
Salters Point Elementary
Sound Learning
Spanaway Lions Club
Sunshine Physical Handicapped Foundation
Tacoma First Nations Gathering
Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity
Tahoma Audubon Society
Taproot Theater
Tribal Convenience Store Assoc.
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation Urban Native Education Alliance
Veterans Ecological Trades Collective Washington DECA
Washington Environmental Council Washington Healthcare Access Alliance Washington Masonic Charities
Western Washington Native American Educ. Willapa Harbor Helping Hands
Willapa Harbor Youth Football
YWCA (Tacoma)

We Wear Our Name Proudly

By Cecilia Svinth Carpenter 9-18-1993

Origin of the name Nisqually
The word
Squalli is the Nisqually Indian name for the prairie grass that once grew in abundance on the Nisqually Plains.
Our river took its name from the prairie grass and became the
Squalli River. An Indian place name usually always describes a geographical feature of the area.

Our Indian people who have for centuries lived along the Squalli River on the vast prairie lands called themselves The Squalli-absch, the People of the Grass Country, the People of the River. (The ending “absch” means “the people of”.)

In 1833 when the people of the Hudson’s Bay Company established their fur-gathering fort near the mouth of the Nisqually River, they named their fort after our people and added the prefix “Nes” to our name. They called us the Nesqualli.

Later, when the American settlers came into our country, the spelling of the prefix was changed to “Nis.” Somewhere along the way the “i” at the end of our name was changed to a “y” so that today we are known as the Nisqually.

However, in the hearts and minds of our people, we are still The Squalli-absch, the People of the Grass Country, the People of the River. The bond that was formed many centuries past continues to remain firmly intact today – the land, the river, our people – a bond of lasting respect and concern for each other.

Today, when we hear the word Nisqually, whether it is to designate our tribe, a river basin, a fort, a town or a newspaper, our thoughts stand at attention as we remember that for which it stands. WE WEAR OUR NAME PROUDLY!