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Request for Proposals/Quotes For “Government Relations and Lobbying”

The Cowlitz Indian Tribe (CIT) is seeking proposals from qualified entities to build and implement a full-scope and integrated government relations and lobbying program in support of CIT and its enterprises. Through intentional planning and economic development, the Cowlitz Indian Tribe plays a key role in the economy of the Pacific Northwest. CIT maintains a diverse and growing portfolio dedicated to serving tribal member’s needs as well as those of other American Indians and Alaska Natives and associated communities as promote the best interests of CIT.

General Information:
The purpose of this RFP is to establish an ongoing relationship with a qualified entity or entities to provide responsive counsel and develop strategic efforts that advance CIT’s agenda. To ensure that all aspects of CIT’s public affairs and government relations needs are accounted for, the nature of this scope of work is broad. Elements should include:

  • Federal Government Relations
    • Partisan, branch, legislative chamber, or other service focus segmentation invited (i.e., identify sub-components of services/fees you are willing to provide)
  • Community and Stakeholder Relations
    • This is viewed as a subsidiary and included coordinated function regardless of substantive federal or state focused services to maximize multi-team coordination across issues and levels of government
  • State Government Relations
    • Oregon state focused services invited at this time
      • Primarily focused gaming policy and related executive and legislative issues.


Release Date: 1/24/2023

Closing Date: 2/22/2023



The legacy of an ancient people in southwest Washington is rich with descendants who manage a growing portfolio of health, education, scientific research, housing, transportation, development, elder care, conservation and legal issues. The Cowlitz Tribe is a growing force in community building in what are now Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis and parts of Pierce, Skamania and Wahkiakum Counties, a vast territory occupied by numerous Cowlitz villages prior to non-Cowlitz exploration and seizure. Today, an elected Tribal Council is composed of professionals adept at managing multiple programs and projects.