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Lummi

Information about the Lummi

The Lummi Nation is a Native American tribe in western Washington state in the United States. The tribe lives in the inland northwest corner of Washington, 8 miles west of Bellingham and 20 miles south of the Canadian border. The Lummi moved onto reservation lands after the signing of the Point Elliott Treaty in 1855.

The Lummi language is actually a dialect of a language called Straits Salish. Straits Salish belongs to the Salishan family of Native American languages but Straits Salish is not related to the Salishan languages spoken in most of western Washington but is related mostly to dialects once spoken in British Columbia in Canada. The lifestyle of the Lummi, like many Northwest Coast tribes, involved the fishing of salmon and collecting of shellfish.

Population Living on the Reservation

It is estimated that there is 6,590 people living on the Lummi Reservation. Roughly 2,564 of these people are enrolled tribal members, 665 are either related to or live with an enrolled tribal member, and 3,361 of there individuals are not tribal members nor are they affiliated with the Lummi Nation.

There are approximately 1,864 homes located on the reservation. Approximately 697 of these have an enrolled Lummi living in the home; thus, roughly 1,167 homes on the reservation do not have a tribal member living in it.

Enrollment Information

As of April 2005 there are 4219 enrolled tribal members. 49.6% of the enrolled population is female; 50.4% of the population being male

Age Distribution

The median age of tribal members is 29 years old. 31.8% of the enrolled population is 18 year or younger. 11.6% of the enrolled population is 55 years or older.

Location of Enrolled Members

According to current studies conducted by the Lummi Nation approximately 78% of the enrolled lummi tribal members live either on or near the reservation boundries. Enrolled Lummi tribal members on average a household size of approximately 4.5 persons.

Workforce Information

A recent collaborative study conducted by the Lummi Nation and Northern Economics Inc. found the following information pertaining to the Lummi Nation Workforce.

Highest Educational Attainment

For the adult population (ages 25-64): 15.1% of the enrolled population does not have a High school Diploma or a GED; 33.8% of the population has either a High School or GED degree; 27.1% of the population has some college experience; 14.9% of the tribal population has either an AA/AS Degree; 7.5% of Lummi’s population has a Bachelors degree; and 1.6% of the population has attained a Graduate or Professional degree.

Employment

61% of the adult population (ages 18-64) is employed—moreover, the Labor Workforce Participation Rate is 74%. The unemployment rate of Lummi’s workforce is 15.9%. The Median monthly income for employed Lummi tribal members is approximately $2,000.

The above includes excerpts from Wikipedia.org, the free encyclopedia:






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