Puyallup Tribal Council endorses Nick Brown for attorney general

Puyallup Tribal Council endorses Nick Brown for attorney general

Tribe’s leadership points to his record of working with tribes and working for all Washingtonians

PUYALLUP RESERVATION, Tacoma, Wash.—The Puyallup Tribal Council has endorsed former U.S. Attorney for Western Washington Nick Brown to be the state’s next attorney general.


“Washington state has been fortunate in having strong leadership at the very top that recognizes the importance of tribal sovereignty and works as partners to make sure tribes are heard and their interests are supported,” Tribal Council said. “We have worked with and known Nick for well over a decade. He has the beliefs and mindset that will make him a strong attorney general for all of us in Washington state, tribal and non-tribal alike, and he has the record to prove it.”


As general counsel for Gov. Inslee, Brown worked on multiple issues with Washington tribes. He was lead negotiator in revising tribal gaming compacts within the state and also supported tribal sovereignty by helping to expand tribal criminal and civil jurisdiction.


As U.S. attorney, he worked with tribes to develop community response plans to address Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons issues and prosecuted people for trafficking fentanyl into tribal communities. Furthermore, former U.S. Attorney Brown prosecuted artists who falsely claimed to be Native American artists, which is a violation of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act. He also helped provide nearly $16 million in grant funding to tribal justice programs, ranging from victim services to drug courts and sex offender monitoring programs.


The Tribe has long enjoyed a strong relationship of mutual respect and shared goals with Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson. With Gov. Inslee’s decision to not seek another term, Tribal Council last month endorsed Attorney General Ferguson for governor.