Tribal Engagement

Tribal communities have been the stewards of the lands of Washington State since time immemorial. The Department of Commerce respects their continued stewardship and actively work to honor their Tribal Sovereignty by engaging in meaningful government to government work as illustrated by the Centennial Accord.

Tribal News and Updates

Governor Inslee signing bills with Tribal leaders

The Department of Commerce’s new Tribal Liaison, Michelle Gladstone-Wade attends Governor Inslee’s landmark bill signing at the Tulalip Resort

The Department of Commerce’s new Tribal Liaison, Michelle Gladstone-Wade attends Governor Inslee’s landmark bill signing at the Tulalip Resort (3/31/2022) Chairwoman Rosemary LaClair, Nooksack Tribe, Michelle Gladstone-Wade Tribal Liaison COMM Council Member Lisa Wilson, Lummi Nation Michelle Gladstone-Wade Tribal Liaison COMM, Althea Wilson, Lummi Nation Governor Inslee signed the following bills into law: HB 1015 – Creating the Washington equitable access to credit act. HB 1571 – Concerning protections and

Chairwoman Rosemary LaClair, Nooksack Tribe, Michelle Gladstone-Wade Tribal Liaison COMM

Commerce welcomes Michelle Gladstone-Wade as Tribal Liaison

Michelle Gladstone-Wade joined Commerce in February 2022 and is honored to serve as the Tribal Liaison and lead Commerce’s efforts to develop and maintain positive government to government relationships with our Tribal partners. She comes to Commerce via the Washington State Department of Revenue and before coming to state service, Michelle spent 10 years working in the Tribal College setting in student services, foundation management, and as faculty. Her experience

Tribal Resources and Opportunities

We have complied a list of resources and funding opportunities for Tribal communities from Commerce and beyond.

Energy Retrofits for Public Buildings Program

The Energy Retrofits for Public Buildings program provides grant funding for public entities such as, Tribes and other public agencies to make energy updates to public buildings and facilities. These retrofits save money and reduce pollution for schools, hospitals, community centers and other public buildings. Washington’s 2021 State Energy Strategy identifies energy efficiency in buildings and community-owned solar as key strategies for meeting climate and equity goals. The strategy urges state, local agencies, and Tribes to lead by example with clean energy investments for public buildings, especially for schools, hospitals, and rural public buildings. The Energy Retrofits for Public Buildings program supports communities in achieving these goals and offers the 2 following funding opportunities, applications must be submitted separately.

  • Energy Efficiency grants: $1.8 million is available for improvements to existing facilities and related projects that result in energy savings and operational cost savings. Projects must use non-fossil fuel devices and systems whenever possible and cost-effective. Federally Recognized Tribal governments are eligible to apply.
    • Tribal projects and first time applicants will receive additional points in scoring.
    • Tribal applicants have a reduce match requirement.
    • Questions accepted by email April 4 to May 19
    • May 25: application due by 4 p.m.
    • July: Awards announced
  • Solar Energy grants: $1.2 million is available for new solar photovoltaic systems up to 100 kW AC that are net-metered with existing publicly-owned buildings or facilities in Washington. Federally Recognized Tribal governments are eligible to apply.
    • Tribal projects and first time applicants will receive additional points in scoring.
    • Tribal applicants have a reduce match requirement.
    • Questions accepted by email April 4 to May 19
    • May 25: application due by 4 p.m.
    • July: Awards announced

Washington State Housing Finance Commission (WSHFC) Homeowner Assistance Program

If you are a homeowner struggling to pay your mortgage or other home costs, help is available through the state Homeownership Hotline at 877-894-4663. You’ll be connected with one-on-one support to sort out your options. You also may be eligible for a new source of federal assistance, the Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF). Don’t wait— call today and get help!

Spark NW

Spark NW is dedicated to affordable, equitable, clean energy and works to accelerate the shift to clean energy one community at a time. Spark NW’s Tribal Energy program has been engaging with Tribes to foster energy independence and self-sufficiency. They have a proven track record with capacity building within Tribal communities. Reach out to Spark NW’s Tribal Liaison for more information.

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is a locally-based, regionally driven economic development planning process and document that successfully engages a range of partners from across your region. If you need help in developing a comprehensive community planning document CEDS might be a good match for you. It also opens you up to support from federal agencies. For local contact information reach out to the Washington state Department of Commerce Tribal Liaison.

Contact

Michelle Gladstone-Wade, Tribal Liaison
Michelle.Gladstone-Wade@Commerce.wa.gov
Phone: 360-725-2902

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