The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe has donated $275,000 to landslide relief efforts, giving $50,000 each to the Darrington, Arlington and Oso fire departments, as well as to the Red Cross, Cascade Valley Relief Foundation and $25,000 to K-9 relief.
Snoqualmie officials were inspired to donate after tribal members helping in the search efforts spoke of how wrenching the work was, the tribe’s vice-chair, Bob DeLosAngeles, told King5 News. They announced the donation at a press briefing on Friday March 28. The Snoqualmie are among several tribes that have donated money to assist in the crisis, including the Stillaguamish, the Sauk-Suiattle and the Tulalip tribes.
The Snoqualmie donation was announced, and some of it disseminated, at a press briefing on Friday March 28, just shy of a week after the devastating landslide that killed at least 17 and left 90 people unaccounted for. Rescuers have all but given up hope at finding survivors.
The landslide occurred Saturday March 22 at 10:37 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time. A moment of silence is planned for that time a week later, March 29, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
“I know that every Washingtonian holds in their heart the people of the Stillaguamish Valley and we all wish we could ease their pain,” Governor Jay Inslee said in a statement, adding that on Saturday morning, “we can all join together and silently send our thoughts and prayers to the families of Oso.”