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. There are 29 federally recognized tribes in the State of Washington.
The secretary shall designate a tribal relations liaison who interacts with tribes and reports directly to the secretary.
The tribal relations 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).
40.1% Recidivism Rate
40.1% of inmates identifying as American Indian/Alaska Native returned to prison within 36 months of release. (March 2019)
5.5% of Inmates
5.5% of the Department's incarcerated population, or approximately 957 individuals, identify as American Indian/Alaska Native. (March 2019)
1.5% of Staff
1.5% of staff, or 129 individuals, identify as American Indian/Alaska Native. (June 2019)
1.3% of Citizens
1.3% of Washington state's population, or approximately 94, 754 individuals, identify as American Indian/Alaska Native. (U.S. Census Bureau, July 2018)
Pow Wow Schedule
A community member cannot attend a pow wow unless they first contact the correctional facility religious coordinator or Winona Stevens by phone at (253) 212-9227 or email at least 45 days prior to the event.
Date & Location
- Saturday, May 4, 2019 - Coyote Ridge Corrections Center - Main
- Thursday, May 9, 2019 - Washington State Penitentiary - Medium
- Saturday, May 18, 2019 - Coyote Ridge Corrections Center - MSU
- Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - Stafford Creek Corrections Center
- Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - Washington State Penitentiary - Minimum
- Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - Washington State Penitentiary - BAR
- Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - Washington State Penitentiary - Zone 1
- Friday, July 26, 2019 - Clallam Bay Corrections Center
- Saturday, July 27, 2019 - Monroe Corrections Complex - WSRU
- Saturday, August 3, 2019 - Monroe Corrections Complex - SOU
- Thursday, August 15, 2019 - Airway Heights Corrections Center - Main
- Saturday, August 17, 2019 - Larch Corrections Center
- Saturday, August 24, 2019 - Monroe Corrections Complex - TRU
- Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - Washington State Penitentiary - Zone 2
- Saturday, September 14, 2019 - Cedar Creek Corrections Center
- Sunday, September 15, 2019 - Washington Corrections Center
- Saturday, September 21, 2019 - Olympic Corrections Center
- Saturday, October 5, 2019 - Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women
- Saturday, October 5, 2019 - Monroe Correctional Complex - Minimum
- Saturday, October 19, 2019 - Washington Corrections Center for Women
- Thursday, October 24, 2019 - Airway Heights Corrections Center - MSU
Laws & Regulations
Below are the state laws (RCWs) that apply to and/or relate to Tribal Relations.
- RCW 43.376.010 Definitions.
- RCW 43.376.020 Government-to-government relationships—State agency duties.
- RCW 43.376.030 State agency tribal liaison.
Per RCW 43.376.020, the Department must submit an annual report to the governor's office on agency activities involving tribal relations.
- 2018 Centennial Accord Agency Highlights (p. 11-12)
- 2017 Centennial Accord Agency Highlights (p. 8)
- 2016 Centennial Accord Agency Highlights (p. 10-11)
- 2015 Centennial Accord Agency Highlights (p. 8-9)
- 2014 Centennial Accord Agency Highlights (p. 7-8)
Department of Corrections is proud to be a workgroup member organization of the Governor's Indian Health Advisory Council.
- All state tribal relations reports can be found at the Governor's Office of Indian Affairs (GOIA).
- Chief Seattle Club
- United Indians of All Tribes Foundation