Jim Woods, environmental policy adviser for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, has been appointed to a second two-year term as senior tribal policy adviser for region 10 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Woods, Makah, will be on loan to EPA from Swinomish under terms of a inter-governmental agreement. EPA’s Region 10 office in Seattle advises 271 federally recognized tribal governments in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.
“My job is to represent the best interests of the Region 10 Indian tribes by providing guidance to the regional administrator and his executive team,” Woods said in a statement issued by the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, of which Makah and Swinomish are members. “It is essential that the executive order defining the consultation and coordination between tribal governments and EPA is followed meaningfully.”
Woods’ career has been devoted to protecting tribal treaty rights and sustainable resources. He managed Makah's environmental protection and sustainable resources programs for seven years and served on EPA's regional tribal operations committee. He was appointed by the U.S. commerce secretary to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee, has chaired the National Tribal Air Association and the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Intergovernmental Policy Council and served on the Ozette Sockeye Salmon Recovery Steering Committee.
Swinomish Chairman Brian Cladoosby said Woods’ appointment continues a “meaningful and productive relationship” between Swinomish and EPA. “Our Pacific Northwest covers vast land areas with a diversity of cultures and some of the largest environmental challenges in the United States. Jim has committed his time to EPA on our behalf to ensure our children have a safe home and clean water to drink.”