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IRS updates Father and daughter carvers Alex and Tierra McCarty (Makah) work on welcome figures for the fiber
phone scam arts studio on the Evergreen Longhouse Education and Cultural Center’s Indigenous Arts Campus.
Indigenous Arts Campus boost
Submitted by Chehalis Tribal
Law Enforcement Evergreen’s fiber arts INFORMATION example, to produce full-sized
and carving studios canoes,” she said.
The IRS is warning the will foster cultural For more on the Longhouse
public about phone scams that preservation and the Indigenous Arts Both studios will provide
continue to claim victims all Campus, go to evergreen. facilities to support tribal
across the country. In these The cause of indigenous edu/longhouse. initiatives such as the annual
scams, thieves make unsolicited arts preservation and Foundation details are at Tribal Canoe Journey, in
phone calls to their intended promotion recently received which artists create ocean-
victims. Callers fraudulently a $1 million grant to The going canoes, paddles, regalia
claim to be from the IRS and Evergreen State College “The Indigenous Arts and gifts of art.
demand immediate payment Foundation for the expansion Campus provides art-
of taxes by a prepaid debit card of the Evergreen Longhouse making opportunities Seven Washington tribes
or wire transfer. The callers are Education and Cultural within a setting that affirms have provided financial
often hostile and abusive. Center’s Indigenous Arts indigenous heritage and support, in-kind donations
Campus. identity while providing of timber and sponsorship
The Treasury Inspector educational opportunities of artists for the Indigenous
General for Tax Administration The campus, which that foster collaborations Arts Campus. Those include
has received 90,000 includes the Longhouse, across generations, art media Chehalis, Muckleshoot,
complaints about these scams. offers teaching and learning and diverse cultural practices Snoqualmie, Shoalwater Bay,
TIGTA estimates thieves have opportunities for the creation within state-of-the-art Squaxin Island, Nisqually
stolen an estimated $5 million of indigenous art forms, facilities,” said Longhouse and Skokomish tribes. The
from about 1,100 victims. To including those that might be director Tina Kuckkahn- expansion is made possible
avoid becoming a victim, you endangered or are underused. Miller. in part by a $1 million grant
should know the IRS: from the Margaret A. Cargill
The Indigenous Arts “The fiber arts studio, Philanthropies.
n Will first contact you by Campus expansion includes scheduled to open in October,
mail if you owe taxes, not by a fiber arts studio and a new has already provided “The skills and traditions
phone. 2,000-square-foot carving numerous opportunities for of indigenous art are handed
studio. The existing 800 cultural and artistic exchange down person to person and
n Never asks for credit, square-foot carving studio as carvers and weavers work generation to generation,”
debit or prepaid card will become the indigenous together to create permanent said Evergreen State College
information over the phone. 2-D (two-dimensional) art for the new studio. An President George Bridges.
design studio. expanded carving studio will “And much of that involves
n Never insists you use a provide greater opportunity actually carving, painting,
specific payment method to The mission of the for both academic use and weaving or creating side by
pay your tax. Longhouse, or “House of community-based workshops side with artist mentors.
Welcome,” is to promote and residencies while These studios and facilities
n Never requests immediate indigenous arts and cultures allowing carvers to increase represent a vision for creative
payment over the telephone. through education, cultural the scale of their work. For spaces inspired by the art
preservation, creative itself, hands-on learning,
n Will always treat you expression and economic international collaboration,
professionally and courteously. development. cultural preservation and
artistic work that really has
If you get a phone call from no parallel.”
someone claiming to be from
the IRS, you should:

n If you know you owe
taxes or you think you might
owe taxes, call the IRS at 800-
829-1040. IRS employees can
help you with a payment issue
if you owe taxes.

n If you know you don’t
owe taxes or don’t think that
you owe any taxes, report the
incident to TIGTA at 800-

n Contact the Federal Trade
Commission and use the FTC
Complaint Assistant at
Add “IRS Telephone Scam”
to the comments of your

Visit the IRS website at irs.
gov to learn how to report tax
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