Who We Are
The mountain view from the Intertribal Professional Center makes for a calm and relaxing work environment.
The South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency (SPIPA)
was formed in 1976 as a 501(c)(3), tribally chartered intergovernmental agency. From the beginning, SPIPA responded to the needs and directives of the member tribes.
SPIPA provides direct services, planning, and technical assistance to each tribe and eligible Native Americans residing within the SPIPA service area.
William L. Smith, Executive Director, oversees the daily operation of SPIPA to assure the Agency meets the Board of Director's goals and priorities. He sets the Agency tone, meets monthly with Board delegates representing each of the Five Tribes, and regularly meets with the Program Managers.
Today the consortium includes five western Washington Tribes: the Chehalis, Nisqually, Shoalwater Bay, Skokomish, and Squaxin Island Tribes. Our Agency continues the vision and spirit of our early founders and tribal leaders.
SPIPA is primarily funded through federal and state grants. Other funds come from private grants and donations. In 2007 SPIPA took initial steps to diversify funding sources through resource development.
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