Tribal Relations

The Office of Tribal Relations has two primary roles:

  • Support the delivery of DCYF services that are of high quality and culturally sensitive
  • Ensure tribes can access DCYF services in a timely manner

Our office coordinates, monitors, and assesses DCYF’s relationships with tribes and Recognized American Indian Organizations (RAIOs), working to enhance and improve government to government relationships. Our goal is to assist the collective needs of Tribal Governments and RAIOs to assure quality and comprehensive program service delivery in the areas of child welfare & early learning.

Centennial Accord

DCYF is working with the 29 federally recognized tribes in Washington to create its state agency Centennial Accord plan. Once complete this plan will be posted here.

Advisory Groups

House Bill 1661 which created DCYF, mandated the creation of a new stakeholder advisory mechanism and external review protocol, with a report on this due to the Legislature in December 2018. Until that time, these existing advisory bodies will continue to meet and consult with DCYF.

Consultation Policy

The purpose of this policy is to direct the procedures that reflect the government-to-government relationship of Washington State federally recognized tribes and the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF). This policy follows a government-to-government relationship in seeking consultation and participation by representatives of tribal governments in policy development and service program activities in a manner that complies with Chapter 43.376 RCW and the Washington State 1989 Centennial Accord.

Current work

On November 16, 2017, while meeting with the Indian Policy Early Learning (IPEL) Committee, Indian Policy Advisory Committee (IPAC), and tribal leaders, DCYF Secretary Ross Hunter requested tribal input in the consultation policy’s development. DCYF followed the meeting with a formal invitation to tribal leaders to create a tribal workgroup. This workgroup met three times and made valuable contributions to the consultation policy. The final draft can be found here and will have a final review on September 6, 2018. For those unable to travel and join in person, please register for the webinar option.