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Tribal Relations

Tribal Statistics
43.8% recidivism rate

43.8% of inmates identifying as American Indian/Alaska Native returned to prison within 36 months of release. (March 2017)

4.8% of inmates

4.8% of the Department's incarcerated population, or 923 individuals, identify as American Indian/Alaska Native. (March 2017)

1.6% of staff

1.6% of staff, or 138 individuals, identify as American Indian/Alaska Native. (May 2017)

1.3% of citizens

1.3% of Washington state's population, or 93,266 individuals, identify as American Indian/Alaska Native. (U.S. Census Bureau)

Per RCW 43.376.020, the Department of Corrections (DOC) makes a reasonable effort to collaborate with Indian tribes in the development of policies, agreements, and program implementation that directly affects tribes.

Agency Tribal Liaison

The secretary shall designate a tribal liaison, who interacts with tribes and reports directly to the secretary.

The tribal liaison is responsible for assisting the Department in developing and implementing agency policies that promote effective communication and collaboration between the Department and tribal governments, and coordinating training of Departmental employees in cultural competency in providing effective services to tribal governments and tribal members (RCW 43.376.030).

Annual Report

Per RCW 43.376.020, the Department must submit an annual report to the governor's office on agency activities involving tribal relations.

All state tribal relations reports can be found at the Governor's Office of Indian Affairs (GOIA).