Government-to-Government Task Force

Established in 2018, the task force is charged with the following:

  • Creation of a reference guide outlining all state and federal requirements of school districts with regard to working with tribal partners, including but not limited to ESSA tribal consultation; government-to-government memorandums of understanding; Since Time Immemorial curriculum; and tribal compact schools.
  • Identification of best practices currently in place in Washington’s school districts.
  • Update and expansion of the WSSDA government-to-government resource webpage.
  • Dissemination of a reference guide, resource webpage, and best practices.
  • Training and support for districts in the implementation of these materials.


NameDirector Area/AgencySchool District
Meghan Jernigan2Shoreline
Nancy Armstrong-Montes7Nespelem
Larry Garcia8Mount Adams
Anna Armstrong, Tribal Ambassador & Chair9Cusick
Henry StromOSPI-ONE
Maxine AlexOSPI-ONE
Patty WoodState Board of Education
Tim GarchowWSSDA
Michelle ChoateWSSDA

*Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction – Office of Native Education

Frequency of Meetings

Whenever possible, in person meetings shall take place in conjunction with the WSSDA Annual Conference and WSSDA Legislative Assembly. Most meetings take place via conference call. Other meetings, including site visits to districts, occur as deemed necessary by the chair.

Duration of Task Force

The Government-to-Government Task Force shall be subject to annual review and renewal in accordance with WSSDA Operating Policy 2120.

Task Force Support

Michelle Choate
Administrative Support Officer