Courses

Government Efficiency

History and Practice of Government-to-Governmental Relations: State, Tribal, Federal

Course Code: 2484

This course delves into the complex relationships between tribal, state, and federal governments. Participants will explore the current processes used to establish and sustain intergovernmental agreements, as well as the legal implications of such agreements. Through a combination of lectures, case studies, and interactive discussions, participants will gain an understanding of the history and current practices of government-to-government relations.

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 the foundation and evolution of federal Indian policy and its impact on NW Tribes of Washington State.
  • Explain the legal decisions that have influenced state and tribal relations, such as the Boldt Decision.
  • Comprehend the significance of co-management as the primary policy of Washington State-Tribal relations.

Competencies Covered: Intergovernmental agreements

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 second 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.