OLYMPIA - In an email sent to tribal leaders, Feb. 1, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz announced Colville Tribal member Glenda Breiler has been named the Washington Department of Natural Resource’s new Director of Tribal Relations.

“As you know, this position is of utmost importance to me,” Franz writes in the letter. “DNR – tasked with stewarding nearly six million acres of land and water, regulating forest practices, and responding to our wildfire and forest health crises – relies on robust engagement and partnership with Washington’s 29 Tribes to ensure that these lands are healthy and productive, not just for the current generation, but for all generations. I want to thank you for your patience while we filled this role. From the beginning, I wanted to ensure we recruited a dynamic, experienced, and well-respected candidate – and I believe we have.”

In Franz letter, the commissioner writes, “Glenda is Colville Tribal member of the Okanogan band, with deep experience working collaboratively with Tribes and government agencies. Glenda was born and raised on the Colville reservation in Omak. And she has a strong background in tribal history, sovereignty, treaty rights and statutes.”

Previously, Breiler worked as the Director of the Evergreen Longhouse at Evergreen State College where she is credited with securing funding for a Sen. John McCoy scholarship program for MPA-Tribal Governance students amongst other accomplishments. Breiler also previously served as the Deputy Director to the Washington Indian Gaming Association and as the Indigenous Wellness Research Program Manager for the University of Washington.

Breiler holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the UW.

Breiler ran as a Democrat for election to the Washington House of Representatives to represent District 22 in 2020, earning 12.6 percent of the vote. The position was filled by Democrat Jessica Bateman.

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