My values are simple: Educate our children. Take care of our elders. Honor our veterans.

“Warrior” is the English translation of Nate Tyler’s tribal name. Per Makah tradition, he received his tribal name upon returning home from military service. And what a fitting name: from pre-military service to afterwards, Nate has always fought for a more fair and just world.

Nate has roots that run deep in Clallam County. He was born and raised on the Makah Indian Reservation, and remains a strong community leader on the reservation and surrounding areas. In his 20s, he became one of the youngest to serve on the Makah Tribal Council, including serving as the elected tribal chair (called the sovereign in the Makah tradition).

His passion has been focused on advocating for health care needs, health equity and adequate services across the board. He currently serves on several tribal committees, like the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) as vice president and the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) as an alternate. NPAIHB advocates for 43 tribes in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, and the National Indian Health Board advocates for all 574 tribes in the US. Nate is also a member of the National Boys & Girls Club National Advisory Committee, CDC Tribal Advisory Committee, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services TTAG, the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Advisory Committee, and Clallam County Sheriff’s Community Advisory Board.

In regards to veterans, Nate is on the VA’s Readjustment for Veterans Advisory Committee. Formerly, he served as a board member on the North Olympic Regional Veterans Housing Network.

Nate joined the Marines, served in the First Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm), and after it ended, served in Somalia in Operation Restore Hope. He was in the 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines, as a Lance Corporal. Like many others who go through the armed forces, he sustained an injury that led to a disability and suffered from drug addiction at the end of his enlistment. But through dedication and supportive loved ones, he was able to go through recovery, get back on his feet and start a family. He is now a father to four kids and grandfather to four and have taken in close to two dozen youth over the years, and has been married to Karen for over 25 years.

The VA, however, often made getting appropriate care difficult for him and others in Washington State. Nate saw time after time other veterans get denied life-saving services, and felt compelled to do something about it. He organized and advocated for better care, and as a result, VA hospitals flipped their 70 percent disapproval rate to an 80 percent approval rate.

As Makah Tribal members, Nate and his wife, believe they have a responsibility to care for our youth and have dedicated much of their time serving, working with, and caring for the youth. He has coached multiple sports at the junior high and high school levels, mainly football, basketball, and baseball for both boys and girls. For many years. Nate and his wife have also been foster parents to many at-risk youths, opening their doors and providing a safe, loving environment for children. Nate and Karen are still in touch with many foster children today.

Nate is also a small business owner. He attended Everett Community College’s welding program and graduated with a welding certificate in 2015. Since then, he has owned and operated a welding fabrication shop in Neah Bay. Welding, fabrication and hydraulic hoses for the two industries that are the heartbeat of our small community– fishing and logging.

Nate believes communities on the Olympic Peninsula deserve much better. Many residents in the area have experienced inequalities like himself. That is why Nate is running for State House because he can create solutions under the urgency that they’re needed to uplift people in Clallam County and across the state. Washington needs tried and tested leaders like Nate who shows strong, effective leadership in all parts of our communities, from training kids in sports so that they build teamwork and have enriching experiences, to ensuring the VA fulfills its mission in helping veterans and their families.