By reporter Steven Smalley
With the assistance of friends and community, the folks at Daybreak Star, whose fortunes have run in the red to the tune of $185,000, according to published reports, announces fundraising success. Following the closure of the 27-year-old Head Start program at the facility, and the loss of its funding, the board and staff of United Indians of All Tribes Foundation actively seeks donations to replace lost revenue. So far they have raised $85,000, according to an announcement released Monday.
Contributions have come in from various sources including the Nisqually and Quinault Tribes, the Seattle Foundation, the Washington Indian Gaming Association, Catholic Community Services, as well as local native artists and individual community members. One anonymous donor gave $10,000.
“We are excited to be more than halfway to our goal of raising $125,000 to get ourselves back in the black,” says Jeff Smith, board chair.
The Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, located in Discovery Park, was inspired by the vision of the late civil rights activist and Indian leader, Bernie Whitebear. Daybreak Star serves King County’s urban Indian community.
The United Indians of All Tribes Foundation urges you to donate to their Indiegogo campaign here.