Context of Tribal Relations in Washington State: Culture, Sovereignty, and Resilience
In this course, participants will explore the unique histories, cultures, and governance of Pacific Northwest tribes. They will learn about the pre-contact and historic tribal cultures and art traditions, as well as inherent sovereignty and its role in tribal relations. Additionally, the course will cover differing approaches to land tenure and natural and social resources, the development of tribal-federal relations at the time of treaty-making, and how treaties and tribal histories apply to current issues. With this fundamental knowledge of tribal relations, participants will be better equipped to successfully interact with tribal governments in Washington State.
This course satisfies the requirements of RCW 43.376.050 regarding tribal liaisons within state agencies.
Performance Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
- Demonstrate foundational knowledge of indigenous history, culture, and traditions, with a particular emphasis on the NW Tribes of Washington State and Tribes with land claims in Washington State.
- Explain the concept of inherent sovereignty and its importance in tribal relations.
- Understand the history of tribal-federal relations during the treaty-making time, their current impacts, and differing approaches to land tenure and natural and social resources.
Competencies Covered: Tribal-federal relations, indigenous history, culture and traditions, land tenure
Intended Audience: The course is designed for current and aspiring Tribal Liaisons and other positions that interact directly with Tribal Governments in Washington State.
Professional Certificate in Advanced Tribal Relations: This course is the first of a 3-course series that leads to a Professional Certificate in Advanced Tribal Relations from The Evergreen State College. This professional certificate is designed for current and aspiring Tribal Liaisons and other positions that interact directly with the tribes. Participants will improve their abilities to collaborate with tribal leadership and their understanding of current and historical policies that impact tribal-governmental relations. This certificate includes online group learning with an instructor and guest speakers, along with 3 site visits near the Olympia area, and some assigned readings and assignments to complete outside of class.
To earn the professional certificate, participants must complete all 3 courses:
- Context of Tribal Relations in Washington State: Culture, Sovereignty, and Resilience
- History and Practice of Government-to-Governmental Relations: State, Tribal, Federal
- Case Studies: Policies in Co-Management and Trends in State-Tribal-Federal Relationships
It is recommended that participants take the courses in this order, but it is not required.