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Governor's Indian Health Council

The purpose of the Governor’s Indian Health Council is to address issues in our state’s Indian health care delivery system. Created in 2018 through Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6032, the Council includes representatives from tribes, Indian health, state agencies, and legislators.

The Council is tasked with:

  • Addressing current and proposed policies or actions that have tribal implications (and are not able to be addressed at the agency level);
  • Facilitating training for state agency leadership, staff, and legislators on the Indian health system and tribal sovereignty; and
  • Providing contracting and performance oversight of service coordination organizations or service contracting entities (RCW 70.320.010) to address impacts on services to American Indians and Alaska Natives and relationships with Indian health care providers.


2018 regular meeting schedule and work plan.




December 20, 2018

Health Care Authority
Cherry Street Plaza
626 8th Avenue SE
Olympia, WA 98504


December 11, 2018

Squaxin Island Tribe
Little Creek Resort
91 West State Route 108
Shelton, WA 98584


November 7 and 8, 2018

Suquamish Tribe
15347 Suquamish Way NE
Suquamish, WA


July 16, 2018

Health Care Authority
Cherry Street Plaza
626 8th Avenue SE
Olympia, WA 98501


Legislative recommendations

The Council’s 2018 legislative report recommended:

  • Establishing the Governor’s Indian Health Advisory Council.
  • Establishing the Indian Health Improvement Reinvestment Account for appropriating new state savings while maintaining fiscal neutrality.
  • Budgeting funding for Health Care Authority staff to partner with the Indian Health Service and tribal governments to meet federal requirements regarding the 100 percent Federal Medical Assistance Percentage.
  • Partnering with tribes to cover expenses for the Governor’s Indian Health Advisory Council to complete the first Indian Health Improvement Advisory Plan.

Workgroup member organizations

Organization name (A-N) Organization name (O-Z)

American Indian Health Commission

Office of the Insurance Commissioner

Colville Indian Health Services (IHS) Service Unit

Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation

Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe

Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation

Puyallup Tribe of Indians

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

Quileute Tribe

Cowlitz Indian Tribe

Quinault Indian Nation

Department of Children, Youth, and Families

Samish Indian Nation

Department of Commerce

Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe

Department of Corrections

Seattle Indian Health Board

Department of Health

Senate, Washington State

Department of Social and Health Services

Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe

Governor's Office

Skokomish Indian Tribe

Health Care Authority

Snoqualmie Indian Tribe

House of Representatives

Spokane Tribe of Indians

Indian Health Service Portland Area Office

Squaxin Island Tribe

Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe

Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians

Kalispel Tribe of Indians

Suquamish Tribe

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

Swinomish Indian Tribe

Lummi Nation

The Native Project

Makah Indian Tribe

Tulalip Tribes of Washington

Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

Upper Skagit Indian Tribes

Nisqually Indian Tribe

Washington Health Benefit Exchange

Nooksack Indian Tribe

Wellpinit IHS Service Unit

Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board

Yakama IHS Service Unit


Jessie Dean, administrator and tribal liaison
Email: jessie.dean@hca.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-1649

Melissa Naeimi, senior policy analyst
Email: melissa.naeimi@hca.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-9832