The Joe DelaCruz Center

for Advanced Studies

in Tribal Government

A project of Northwest Indian Applied Research Institute (NIARI),
The Evergreen State College

Joseph Burton DelaCruz (1937-2000)
President of Quinault Indian Nation and the National Congress of
American Indians, Chairman World Council of Indigenous Peoples


The Institute established the DelaCruz Center in order to focus its research and educational programs on tribal governance on the ideas and work of The Honorable Joe DelaCruz. Over a period of more than 25 years as Quinault Nation President, Joe created a model of community leadership, engaging his people in a longterm program of indigenous nation building and establishing high standards for integrity and fairness in the exercise of tribal governing authority. In addition to his work in strengthening tribal institutions within his own tribe, DelaCruz was recognized for his leadership contributions at the state, regional, national and international levels.