Tribal Government Departments
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Page last updated:
June 1, 2023
9:23 am

Philip Starr Administration Building

39015-A 172nd AVE SE

Auburn, WA 98092


MON 8:00am - 5:00pm

TUE 8:00am - 5:00pm

WED 8:00am - 5:00pm

THU 8:00am - 5:00pm

FRI 8:00am - 5:00pm

Department Overview

To assist Muckleshoot Tribal Members/Community Members during their time of loss by providing financial assistance to help pay for funeral costs, as defined by policies. Travel Assistance provided to Muckleshoot Tribal Members to attend services for immediate family members, per definition. We process and coordinate all necessary assistance to eligible Muckleshoot Tribal/Community Members for funeral arrangements, funeral travel, process funds for headstone purchases for Muckleshoot Tribal Members who do not have a headstone.

Services Provided

Outlook for 2023

  • Continue to pursue the approval of drafted SOP policies and train up to (10) ten current Tribal employees for Funeral Coordinator Positions.
  • Continue to find documentation on unmarked graves, verify with pertinent staff and family, and get marked with headstone for Muckleshoot Tribal Members, who do not have one.
  • Outreach to obtain a larger office space/building/house/business to have employee offices, caskets, supplies and meeting space for families.
  • To obtain a budget for a Niche Wall in our cemeteries for cremation.
  • Establishing stronger relationships with neighboring Tribes to ensure our Community Members are serviced.
  • Increase collaboration with other resources to provide more services with more space and staff.
  • Update policies for this program, as necessary with cost of living increases.

Highlights of 2022

  • Storage building for Gravediggers usage is now finished and being utilized.
  • White Lake Cemetery bathrooms remodeled and are now handicap accessible.
  • Casket Building is now handicap accessible.
  • CAT for Gravediggers was purchased and utilized when necessary.
  • Received funding and hired one Fulltime Executive Assistant.
  • Funeral Policies were updated during 2021, to increase headstones for enrolled Muckleshoot Tribal Members, up to $6,000.00.
  • Have worked with 3 separate families on unmarked graves and almost finalized to begin purchase of Headstone.
  • Established collaborating working relationship with Muckleshoot Veteran Affairs for Veterans' Pendleton Blankets, Veterans' grave verification and Military Honor Guards.
  • Have purchased equipment and developed video programming to offer for funerals.

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