Frances G. Charles, Tribal Chairwoman

Frances G. Charles

2851 Lower Elwha Road

Port Angeles, WA. 98363

Phone: 360.452.8471 x. 106

Fax: 360.452.3428

Frances G. Charles is an enrolled member of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. Frances graduated in 1977 from the Port Angeles High School and she then went on to work with the Olympic National Forest Service devoting 12 years of service working with the fire crews and earning her way to one of the top crew leaders for our area. Frances is currently the Tribal Chairwoman for the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and has served the tribe for 16 years now.


She played a vital role in the recovery of Tse-whit-zen, one of the largest archaeological recoveries in the Northwest; Frances took a lead role in the negotiation process for the Ancient Klallam Village on behalf of her people and their ancestors, and as a leader for her community she did a great job in upholding Klallam Cultural Values. She has been involved in the culture of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe most of her life, she is an active supporter of the annual Tribal Canoe Journey as well as the language program, Indian Education and honoring Tribal Veterans, the youth and the elders of the Tribe.