PRESS RELEASE: Nancy Dufraine Named as Tribal Relations Director
Released January 19, 2017
TUMWATER – Acting Secretary Dr. Jody Becker-Green has announced Nancy Dufraine as the Tribal Relations Director for the Washington Department of Corrections, effective January 18, 2017. Dufraine most recently served as the Social Services Director for the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis in Oakville, Wash.
“Nancy brings over 40 years of experience working in both tribal and state governments and will be a tremendous asset as we look to build and sustain our government-to-government relationships,” said Acting Secretary Becker-Green. “She has a wealth of experience working on human services and social justice issues and has a deep commitment to transforming the lives of individuals in those systems. She leads with integrity, humanity and a core set of values that are aligned with the mission of our Department. We’re pleased to have her as our agency’s first Tribal Relations Director.”
Dufraine served as the Indian Child Welfare Program Manager for the Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) from 2006 to 2011, and previously served as the Director of Children and Family Services for the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis for approximately seven years. Ms. Dufraine has been actively working with the tribal population in Washington for over 29 years.
Ms. Dufraine earned her bachelor’s degree from the College of Our Lady of the Elms in Chicopee, Mass. and a Master's of Education in Elementary and Secondary Curriculum Development and Administration from Montana State University.
“I’m honored to be working on our mutual interest of good government-to-government relations between the department and tribal governments,” said Nancy Dufraine. “By focusing on strengthening preparation for reentry through housing, education, and family bonds, we better serve the tribal citizens in our custody and more effectively equip them for success. While there are both complexities and simplicities of tribal government, good working connections with our tribal partners will aid in providing enhanced public safety for Washingtonians.”