A statement from Chairman David Z. Bean:

On behalf of the Puyallup Tribal Council, I would like to congratulate our good friend Rep. Laurie Jinkins on her election as the next speaker of Washington’s House of Representatives.

The Puyallup Tribe has known Rep. Jinkins for a long time. In that time, we have come to appreciate her deep knowledge of sovereignty and the complex issues facing Indian Country. Laurie has been a partner locally and legislatively on many important issues including the protection of scarce natural resources, dental care for tribal members, Initiative 1000, police use of deadly force, and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

Laurie has also led the way fighting for equal rights for all peoples, and we were proud our Council participated in Pride Month events with her and other leaders.

The Puyallup Tribe is known as the “welcoming and generous people.” Laurie embodies this, and we congratulate her on her new journey. We stand ready to partner with her on efforts to be stewards for generations to come.

About the Puyallup Tribe of Indians
The Puyallup People have lived along the shores of what is now called Puget Sound since time immemorial. The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is a sovereign nation of more than 5,000 members and one of the largest employers in Pierce County. It serves its people and neighbors with generosity and is committed to building a sustainable way of life for future generations.

About the Puyallup Tribal Council

The Puyallup Tribal Council is the elected governing body of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. The council consists of Chairman David Z. Bean, Vice Chairman Bill Sterud, Sylvia Miller, Tim Reynon, Annette Bryan, James Rideout and Anna Bean.

Contact:
Michael Thompson, Communications Director, Puyallup Tribe of Indians, (253) 382-6200; Michael.Thompson@puyalluptribe-nsn.gov