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University of Washington Office of Tribal Relations

209 Gerberding Hall
Box 351242
Seattle, WA 98195-1243

Headshot of Sherri BerdineSherri Berdine | Director
Sherri Berdine (Aleut & CIRI descendent) joined the University of Washington as the Director of Tribal Relations in May 2022. Sherri is a proud graduate of the UW, where she majored in Sociology and minored in American Indian Studies. She later earned a Master of Jurisprudence in Indian Law from the University of Tulsa College of Law. Through these courses of study, she has learned and deeply internalized how the unique status of Indian tribes and their historical relationship with the federal government affects government programs, responsibilities, and initiatives.

Headshot of Cherrise ReyesCherrise Reyes | Assistant to the Director
Cherrise Reyes is a member of the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe and was born in Pullman, WA. She is a graduate of Washington State University, where she earned a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Criminal Justice. Before joining the Office of External Affairs, she worked at the WSU Graduate School, the Seattle Indian Health Board, the Potlatch Fund, Chief Seattle Club, and the Office of Senator Maria Cantwell.